Hidden Mother Victorian Photographs, for formal baby photos, the mother would hide under some cloth/blanket or rug and hold her baby still for the photographer, creepy! via Hidden Mother: Tintypes and Cabinets group.
Victorian death photo so crazy!
c1860s Post Mortem Ambrotype Photo // Mother in Black Holding Dead Child
Post Mortem Ambrotype Photo // Mother in Mourning Holding Deceased Child.
Although some say this baby is dead, it actually has a dark ribbon pinned to it because a relative has passed away. It also looks like the mother may be in mourning.
Post mortem postcard with beautiful lighting. Precious baby with hands folded neatly together.
The Truth Behind Victorian Post-Mortem Photography
Typically, a post-mortem photograph depicted the dead person in a peaceful state of repose, as in a blissful deep sleep. But some of these post-mortem photos went further. Sometimes they liked to pose the deceased as if he/she was living: