in Waterloo, Black Hawk County, IA
Susanne Zimmer Basque OMG#O can't look at any of these old portraits without thinking they are all post mortem .I made the mistake of looking up more of them after the post this [external link] many of them were children....very sad and strange...I mean who came up with the idea...let's prop up these dead people to make it look like they're still alive and take a picture of them...
Patricia Ann Roth Regarding taking pictures of dead children. . . back then people didn't have cameras, nor did they have that many pictures of any one. I have pictures of my sister, taken in her casket. She died at nine months of age, two years before I was born. They are the only pictures I have of her . . . the only ones my parents had. Without them I would have no idea what she looked like. Those pictures you talk about are not sad; they are attempts to have something to remember these lost children by. They represent love and loss.
Susanne Zimmer Basque I know, I don't think the ones in the coffin are weird, but the propped up ones....I was thinking abut that too... I mean how could the thing that they showed actually hold a dead person up? it would have to have much more support than stand they showed that was used, I think it was a tool, to help a person to stay still (a live person) bc of the long exposure time. I now question if this was really done..the standing post mortems, it doesn't seem physically possible to me? I'm not usually a sceptic, but I do always wonder how things work....
Pauline Brown I came across some pictures sort of like these one time from a yard sale. I love the dresses, too. I did find the town and some of the people that they belonged to. they were ecstatic to have them back. it was cool to look at them