Reader Discretion Advised: While all of the photos show those who passed away a generation ago, some may be disturbed by the sight. This post is not to look at the departed with any disrespect or to have a callous look at death. It is merely to show a photographic fad that was common for the times.
- The invention of the daguerreotype – the earliest photographic process – in 1839 brought portraiture to the masses
- Enabled the middle classes to have affordable keepsake of their dead family members
- Known as post-mortem photography, some of the dearly departed were photographed in their coffin
- This particular style, often accompanied by funeral attendees, was common in Europe…
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