During the Victorian era, people honored their relatives by taking exquisite portraits of them — just after they died. While these post-mortem photos may seem creepy today, they were once considered a heartwarming way to remember a lost loved one.
At the time, mortality rates were so high that most people could not expect to live past their 40s. But infants and children were especially vulnerable to disease — and it was common for them to succumb to illnesses at an early age. In many cases, parents didn’t have a chance to get a photo of their kids while they were still alive. So they begged photographers to take pictures of their dead childrenfor more info click on the link — and a macabre was born: