Post Mortem Photos

During the late 19th century photographic portraiture was often an expensive luxury. Few people would have their photographs taken except upon very special occasions. One of those occasions may well have been shortly after their death. Families who could afford to do so would have photographs of recently deceased kin taken as a keepsake. For many, this would be the only photograph of them. Corpses were often posed to give the impression that the subject was asleep. Children were frequently posed with siblings or favorite playthings. The look of horror and confusion on the faces of the living children is obvious.

The photos in this gallery are from sources scattered and varied. Some are from private collections, some from auction catalogs, and others are from archives predating the World Wide Web. I make no assertion of ownership or copyright for these images.

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  Section:  Galleries - File Under:  Photographs  |   Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 13:40
 
Rehoboth Presbyterian Cemetery

Photos taken June 5, 2002. The church and cemetery were founded in 1854. This cemetery was significant to me because of a curious recurring dream I had as a child. When I was ten years old, in the summer of 1979 I had several dreams of a cemetery full of headstones all bearing the name "Holland."

When I visited these graves, everything felt oddly familiar.

Rehoboth Presbyterian Church Of Midway
19075 Coastal Highway (Route 1)
Rehoboth Beach
Delaware  USA

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  Section:  Galleries - File Under:  Photographs  |   Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:21
 
St. John's Cemetery

Photos taken June 14, 2010 at Saint John's Cemetery in Ellicott City, Maryland.

This cemetery contains several members of Maryland's prominent families, such as the Dorseys and Ellicotts.

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  Section:  Galleries - File Under:  Photographs  |   Last Updated on Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:41
 
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