June 16, 2009
Postmortem photography dates back to the late 19th century, when the magical new science of photography captured the memory of the deceased. Some relatives believed that a “mourning portrait” made shortly after death would enable the soul to keep on trekking. Family members might be photographed with the corpse, or near a collection of his or her possessions. Like sad trading cards, the resulting photographs were distributed to those who cared.
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