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I Enjoyed Studying It Too

Sort of morbid in a way but interesting, isn't it? 

Many years ago (when I was a bit depressed) I read a number of world histories on burial and memorial practices. One book was about these mortuary and "salon" photos during the Victorian era. I recall they were popular in the Wild West of the USA to verify a kill by bounty hunters so they could claim their rewards. 

Photograpic technology was a new and exciting phenomenon at the time as was publishing so there was an unusually high demand for pics of all types including those of a questionable nature.   

(In the old times bodies were "waked" at home in the salon, or living room of a house. Women typically prepared the corpse for viewing. ) Cool group idea.

RubyTewes RubyTewes 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 27, 2008

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I love all Victorian photography, but this is particularly interesting for me.

Glad I'm not the only one!