ca. 1850s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of woman enveloped in black], Matthew Brady
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of woman enveloped in black], Matthew Brady

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of what appears to be an undertaker hauling a casket in his wagon.  A note developed on the tintype has made it quite clear to “frame”  the now unmatted piece.]
via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1860s-90s, [tintype portrait of what appears to be an undertaker hauling a casket in his wagon.  A note developed on the tintype has made it quite clear to “frame”  the now unmatted piece.]

via Capitol Gallery, Ambrotypes & Tintypes

ca. 1870s, [post mortem ambrotype portrait of a young lady]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870s, [post mortem ambrotype portrait of a young lady]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [heart wrenching post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a father cradling his deceased daughter, dressed in white and posed with a small bouquet of flowers in her hands]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [heart wrenching post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a father cradling his deceased daughter, dressed in white and posed with a small bouquet of flowers in her hands]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a man]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a man]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1900, [carte de visite post mortem portrait of Joeseph Denno, Sr. Inscription on recto: ‘Joseph Denno Sr—after he was stabbed’; verso: ‘My father after he died…killed by Indians in Minnesota’], Kenney Brothers Art Studio
via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1900, [carte de visite post mortem portrait of Joeseph Denno, Sr. Inscription on recto: ‘Joseph Denno Sr—after he was stabbed’; verso: ‘My father after he died…killed by Indians in Minnesota’], Kenney Brothers Art Studio

via Harvard University, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Part of the Izetta Jewel Papers, 1852-1978 

ca. 1840-60, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a young girl tucked under a quilt]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1840-60, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a young girl tucked under a quilt]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1850’s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a child in open hooded wicker cradle]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a child in open hooded wicker cradle]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [beautiful, albeit tragic, post-mortem tintype portrait of a young woman]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [beautiful, albeit tragic, post-mortem tintype portrait of a young woman]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860s, [post mortem tintype portrait in a coffin]
via Artfact, from the International Autograph Auctions

ca. 1860s, [post mortem tintype portrait in a coffin]

via Artfact, from the International Autograph Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [A charming, yet haunting daguerreotype portrait of a young girl, possibly on her death bed, her right hand posed delicately to her cheek], H.F. Warren
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [A charming, yet haunting daguerreotype portrait of a young girl, possibly on her death bed, her right hand posed delicately to her cheek], H.F. Warren

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1897, [Photograph of the Dissection Room, Medical School, Newcastle upon Tyne], J.B. Walters
via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1897, [Photograph of the Dissection Room, Medical School, Newcastle upon Tyne], J.B. Walters

via the Wellcome Library, Iconographic Collections

ca. 1857, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a woman in her casket, paisley fabric gathered closely to her body], Charles DeForest Fredericksvia Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1857, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a woman in her casket, paisley fabric gathered closely to her body], Charles DeForest Fredericks

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1880-1910, [albumen portrait of a eight veterinary students and an instructor performing a horse dissection]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1880-1910, [albumen portrait of a eight veterinary students and an instructor performing a horse dissection]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870, [post mortem tintype portrait of a young child]
via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Photography Collection

ca. 1870, [post mortem tintype portrait of a young child]

via the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Photography Collection

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