CREEPY: Photos of the dead taken in Victorian age shows relatives posing with corpse of the dearly departed

Published on October 9, 2013

Lined up for a family photo these Victorian children look miserable as they stare sternly at the camera.

But their grim expressions may be understandable after it becomes clear they are posing for a macabre photo with their dead younger sibling who is laid out on a chair.

These remarkable pictures show the morbid way that the deceased were remembered in the late 19th century.

However, in others, they were made to look like they were in a deep sleep or even life-like as they were positioned next to family members.

It was an age of high infant mortality rates – and children were often shown in repose on a couch or in a crib, while adults were more commonly posed in chairs.

Sometimes the subject’s eyes were propped open or the pupils were painted onto the print to give the effect they were alive.

In early images, a rosy tint was added to the cheeks of corpses.

By the early 20th century, the practice fell out of fashion as photos became more commonplace with the arrival of the snapshot.

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