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Vintage Photo 42 - Post Mortem by Falln-Stock Vintage Photo 42 - Post Mortem by Falln-Stock
This is one of the most cherished photos i have in my collection.
This is a Tin Type (tin photo), Post Mortem Photograph. (yes, that means the little boy in the photo is deceased. the photo was taken after he passed away.)
The little boy was about 3 or 4 when he passed away. The photo was most likely taken the day of his funeral/burial. Unfortunately, i do not know his name.
I love post mortem photography, i find it to be very intriguing.
(I dont want to hear any 'ew gross' comments, take them somewhere else!!)

I purchased him at a huge antique sale in Kansas.

I collect antique/vintage photographs.
the copyright on photos expires after 50 years. i am scanning photos i have collected for you to use in your works (just follow the rules in my journal).
This collection of vintage photos were taken between 1870 and 1940
(any other info i know about the photo will be shared ^_~ )
Enjoy!

This stock is free to use.
If you use it link it back to me (as in give me credit for the stock with a link =Falln-Stock or my icon in the description)
& note me with a link of the pic you used it in.
I would like to see what you used my stock for ^_^
*for further rules check my journal*
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:iconrhumboogie:
Rhumboogie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Hello i used this to help me with a drawing


Thnak you.
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DyingMarshmallows Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
To a mother she doesn't see a dead body. She just sees her child.
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:iconchli:
CHLI Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What's weird about this is that 5 minutes ago, I was reading about these type of photos.
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ElenaHelfrecht Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Featured in the Art Asylum's Journal: [link]
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ThePhotoTraveler Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
I redo vintage photos. I find the photos interesting. I have come across many post mortem photos mostly of children. When I first seen them, I thought how creepy. But, now I understand that for a lot of people these photos were just part of their way to remember the deceased especially since there were a lot of people who had limited access to photography at the time. The photos of the children still make me sad.
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Abaddona Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
They still do this for stillborns. Someone recommended it to me as a job, but there's no way I could do it without being an emotional wreck, it's so sad..this shot he doesn't look dead :(
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:iconbenitaisok:
benitaisok Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
does he haunt you?
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:iconfalln-stock:
Falln-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
Should he?
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:iconamethystmoonsong:
amethystmoonsong Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012   Photographer
I used your inspirational stock here:
[link]
Thank You :iconbeauroseplz:
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ilovebabies23 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
That's.... depressing.......
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Sakura-ShinRa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not going to say "ewww gross" because I too find these photo's intriguing, yet disturbing as well. As an anthropologist, I think post mortem photography is a reflection of the victorian cultural mindset as dictated by the way their society was constructed. To most Victorians, the question of life after death was moot. They went to church, they sincerely believed the souls of their loved ones ascended to heaven, so to photograph the empty vessel of the body was not degrading or disgusting to them, it was merely memorialising an empty shell and giving the family a focus for their mourning and remembrance. And they mourned with a vengence in that era too, another interesting aspect of Victorian society.
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baboulina Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love them to! I get a strange peaceful feeling looking at them! I have one of my grand parents first child that dies 3 days old.
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Falln-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
aww
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Bettybear1961 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
It is to me a beautiul think that they had this memory...it is sad however to think it might have been the only time they could afford such a thing as a photo. Thank you for sharing
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:iconjedikia:
jedikia Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012   General Artist
stunning
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:iconstock-karr:
Stock-Karr Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What a beautiful find!
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AngelinadeCicco Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
That baby looks younger than 3 or 4 to me, I would say around 18 monthes to two years myself but no older than three. He's so sweet thats so sad, it's a lovely piece.
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endless-irony Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
a petty he died so young. he was a handsome child.
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fazerkitty Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student
I think this is wonderful, I am currently basing my first year work on post mortem images and if it would be ok with you falln-stock I would love to use this image within my work. I think it is sad how our views on death have shifted so drastically since the Victorian period, I see love and respect in these images not morbid obsession as some do. I think it is a healthy approach to dealing with death. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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Falln-Stock Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Everyone deals with death differently, I think there is indeed a beauty in this type of photography. :)
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fazerkitty Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student
I think this is wonderful, I am currently basing my first year work on post mortem images and if it would be ok with you falln-stock I would love to use this image within my work. I think it is sad how our views on death have shifted so drastically since the Victorian period, I see love and respect in these images not morbid obsession as some do. I think it is a healthy approach to dealing with death. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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RandyMyWildLove Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
I love it! Pretty good pretty clean
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undead-medic Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010   General Artist
I found a postmortem tintype of a baby today at an antique shop. I have somewhat of a hangup with Victorian postmortem photography so I just about died (ha ha) when I saw they had that. They want $18 for it which I unfortunately can't afford, but it was still an awesome find.
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InsaneChildxD Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
This photo...it makes me sad...and even makes me wanna cry a little.
He looks so peaceful...
<3
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arsenica Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In south Italy is a tradition having pictures of dead relatives on a big bedside table in the bedroom. A lot of pictures, I mean, with frames and all the stuff.
I find it quite creepy, honestly... They're there while you sleep, "watching" you... :O_o:
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moonbabe1989 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
How sad.. He was so young! Look at those baby legs! I wonder what he died from.. :(
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alaskanPENGUIN Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i just have a difficult time believing that this is a post mortem shot...
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Falln-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
why is that?
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alaskanPENGUIN Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
he just looks so peaceful...as if he's asleep. that and the concept of a post mortem portrait is rather new to me. but is is very intriguing...
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TheOn3LeftBehind Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Post mortem was very common back then, because the people didn't have a chance to take a portrait with the deceased before their death. They would also paint eyes on their eyelids or stand them up with wooden posts to make them look alive.
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NicholeXNecrophile Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Ah sweet!
I find post mortem photos really interesting!
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Darkween Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Hello, i used this photo here [link]

While i was reconstructing the pic, i could not stop thinking of him, and about his death... i felt sad while doing this, and it was the first time i felt this emotion while doing something i really love. It was very weird
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AmarisGrey Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Poor thing.

When you think of the purpose of post-mortem photographs, it's really rather sweet. Many people, beyond the very rich, could not afford family portraits, even if the entire family contributed to the costs. Funerary photographs were offered as part of a funeral practices much cheaper, so it would usually be the only way in which families would be able to have mementos of their families. That's why the majority of post mortem photos, especially ones featuring children, the subject would be posted standing, sitting, or lying as if asleep, and the family would be posed around them. If they eyes were closed, pupils would often be painted upon the eyelids so it would appear the subjects were alive.

In relation, do you know of places where I could purchase Victorian post-mortem photos, often called Memento Mori? I would really like to begin a collection myself.
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Falln-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
A good place to look is ebay, however they can sometimes be rather expensive there. They are pricey anyway. Sometimes you can get lucky and a local antique store might have them, or may have access to have them brought in. Also try looking for sellers on websites.
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AmarisGrey Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
Antique stores would be my best bet. There are a ton of them around here. I didn't even think about those. Thanks!
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wirig Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
These old vintage post mortem photos are usually very beautiful and poignant. They were done in a day when death was a common part of life, and the dead were laid out at home. These photos are often the only thing the parents will have to remember their child or lovedone.
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Falln-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
yes, very true.
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SimpleRetouch Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Great work :airborne:
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:icontheoracleofdreams:
theoracleofdreams Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Its amazing, I've been through your gallery a billion times for my images, and I have never seen this image before. O.O Amazing, I'll be using it for a manip very soon!
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:iconaku-no-kari:
aku-no-Kari Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
That's a bit saddening. : (
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EveIllTrees Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
I found out about this tye of photograghy through "the Others"

Love it.
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ra-elle Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
If you'd like i'd love to restore the digital version of the photo, "i'll make it look like day it was taken" as i usually say to all my ol customers. It's been a few months since but i think i'm having resoration withdrawls. So by fixing this picture up, we'd feed both our interest further into the details of his brief life. (most of the time important details in a photo are lost with time, especially with tin pictures) And if i'm allowed i will send you a full resolution version of before and after, B&W sepia and hand coloured.......yes i have no social life.
Hope to talk you soon :wave:
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Falln-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
*smiles* that would be lovely. i would enjoy seeing him restored.
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ohiogurl09 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
i have something for you to look at. its modern day photography of deceased babies. is very sad to look at them and very beautiful at the same time. [link]

you can also google this with "now i lay me down to sleep" you need adobe flash player to view her gallery. hope you enjoy these as much as i did.

it makes you wonder in vintage photos what happened to these children or even the adult ones.
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