During the Victorian Era, Photography had just begun as this new beautiful medium to capture life.
But some trends of the 18th and 19th century are truly disturbing and morbid, despite their fascinating histories. People would often take pictures of their relatives after their death as a memorial.
Pictures of children made to appear alive.
Even today parents take pictures of their still born children. Back in the days these were the only memory parents had.
Some images sought to capture the glory of a life lived.
Others were an ode to a lost youth.
No matter what the reason was, people taking pictures of the dead was not only acceptable but also fashionable. These were not printed in obituaries, but hung high on walls for family members to reminisce about their dead relatives.