Pre-Halloween Spookiness: Haunting Photos of the Dead Taken in the Victorian Age

Crash Course

dead2The once common fad for taking photos of the dead & having relatives pose alongside bodies of their dearly departed was once a common practice in many places in Europe during the Victorian Age.

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.

Crash Notes:

  • 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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2 thoughts on “Pre-Halloween Spookiness: Haunting Photos of the Dead Taken in the Victorian Age

    • I think you’re right. Photography had only been around a few decades before the American Civil War. It was not as common place as it is today with everyone having a camera like cell phones. I don’t think it was as much a convenience back then, so they couldn’t take everyday pictures. One last photo of a loved one to remember them by.

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