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While the fabric of society is of a new yarn and technological advances have changed our world forever, at least one thing remains a constant: the ubiquity of the photograph as a means of documentation. As of 2019, it’s reported that Facebook users alone share 350 million images to the social media platform per day. Now, that’s 250 billion uploaded pictures in the past 15 years. Yet few people would likely consider taking a leaf out of the Victorians’ book and posing for these creepy family portraits.

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What’s so strange about the images, you ask? Well, they’re actually part of the 1800s and early 1900s phenomenon known as post-mortem photography. That’s right: each picture features a deceased person, almost always alongside at least one mourner. And, weirdly, it’s not always a straight pose next to a coffin containing the deceased, which most of us could cope with.

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