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Post Mortem Photography

A small collection of post mortem photos from the 1870s and 1880s to the present day. These photos are taken usually by the family of the departed. It was common practice to do this as photography was expensive and many did not have the money for photos in life. When a child died they wanted to remember their child so the photograph was taken. Included in part of my collection are a large variety of Memorial Cards it was common to give these out at funerals as we do today please see my Memorial Card Collection. A lot of people think that this is strange but to me it is just a part of life and I find this very interesting. I am trying to some how document funeral customs of the past and present. To show people how the styles of caskets and coffins changed and how the styles of pictures changed over the years. I have been collecting for a number of years now . I plan on posting some other photos from my collection in the near future so please look back for updates. If you have any comments or questions please do not hesitate to contact me at GregoryRSullivan@Gmail.com . If you have any Postmortem photographs that you would like to donate to the collection please feel free to e mail me. I do not sell the photos ! Thank you for your interest. Share Follow Me on Pinterest
Montreal Circa 1870
Montreal Circa 1870
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Is this child dead I can't say for sure ?
Adair Ontario Circa 1910
Adair Ontario Circa 1910
Circa 1890
Circa 1890
Circa 1880
Circa 1880
Dead ? I can't say for sure .
Dead ? I can't say for sure .
Germany Circa 1890
Germany Circa 1890
Toronto Ontario Canada Circa 1880
Toronto Ontario Canada Circa 1880
Montreal Circa 1880
Montreal Circa 1880
Montreal Circa 1880
Montreal Circa 1880
Montreal Circa 1890
Montreal Circa 1890
Montreal Circa 1880
Montreal Circa 1880
If you look closely you will see what looks like a box under the child's cloths.
I believe that he has passed as this photos came with many other postmortem photos.
His hand may have fallen during the photo process.
The photo is by one of Montreal premier photographers for this type of photo( postmortem).
I have had many comment on this image and I am now perplexed is he alive or has he left his body?
Montral Circa 1870 Notice the Box under the chin!

If you look closely you will see what looks like a box under the child's cloths.
I believe that he has passed as this photos came with many other postmortem photos.
His hand may have fallen during the photo process.
The photo is by one of Montreal premier photographers for this type of photo( postmortem).
I have had many comment on this image and I am now perplexed is he alive or has he left his body?

Canada 1940s?
Canada 1940s?
My Great Grandfather's Masonic Funeral Prosession Fraserburgh Scotland
My Great Grandfather's Masonic Funeral Prosession Fraserburgh Scotland
Lodge Solomon 197 Fraserburgh Scotland
Lodge Solomon 197 Fraserburgh Scotland
govenor Genaral of Quebec 1800s
govenor Genaral of Quebec 1800s
an empty mauseulem
an empty mauseulem
casket container in a mouseulem
casket container in a mouseulem
Montreal cemetary2003
Montreal cemetary2003
Governor General of Quebec  and family19th century
Governor General of Quebec and family19th century
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crime scene
crime scene
In the hospital and then you know where
In the hospital and then you know where
Parents mourning
Parents mourning
Circa 1920
Circa 1920
Germany 1920
Germany 1920
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Memorial for father
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Sad
Sad
Show I was involved in
Show I was involved in
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Europe some where
Europe some where
A small collection
A small collection
Toronto Life magazine article about my collection Feb edition
Toronto Life magazine article about my collection Feb edition
Original arm band Queen Victoria circa 1901
Original arm band Queen Victoria circa 1901
The sign say's I have no regrets!
The sign say's I have no regrets!
Cobalt Ontario 1900,s
Cobalt Ontario 1900,s
Cobalt Ontario 1900,s
Cobalt Ontario 1900,s
Toronto Archives.
Toronto Archives.
Toronto archives Early Toronto Funeral.
Toronto archives Early Toronto Funeral.
Toronto Archives Photo Funeral of Oliver Mowat.
Toronto Archives Photo Funeral of Oliver Mowat.
Toronto Archives Halifax Victims.
Toronto Archives Halifax Victims.
Halifax explosion 1917 victims funeral Toronto Archives.
Halifax explosion 1917 victims funeral Toronto Archives.
I had someone e mail to say that this information may not be accurate! 
So here is what they wrote .
Thank you 
I DOUBT THAT THE EATON FUNERAL, IS AS SUGGESTED.

(SIR JOHN EATON'S FUNERAL.)

1) MID, TO LATE '30s.

2) CLOTH COVERED COFFIN.

3) SERVICE NOT AT THE TIMOTHY EATON CHURCH.

4) LADY EATON/JOHN JR NOT TO BE SEEN.

NOTE: OF THE TWO MEN FACING EACH OTHER, WILLIAM (BILL) MILES

IS ON THE LEFT (ALFRED ROGERS BEHIND HIM) AND MILES' OWN

COACH DRIVER IS ON THE RIGHT.
Eaton funeral.

I had someone e mail to say that this information may not be accurate!
So here is what they wrote .
Thank you
I DOUBT THAT THE "EATON FUNERAL", IS AS SUGGESTED.

(SIR JOHN EATON'S FUNERAL.)

1) MID, TO LATE '30s.

2) CLOTH COVERED COFFIN.

3) SERVICE NOT AT THE TIMOTHY EATON CHURCH.

4) LADY EATON/JOHN JR NOT TO BE SEEN.

NOTE: OF THE TWO MEN FACING EACH OTHER, WILLIAM (BILL) MILES

IS ON THE LEFT (ALFRED ROGERS BEHIND HIM) AND MILES' OWN

COACH DRIVER IS ON THE RIGHT.

I DOUBT THAT THE EATON FUNERAL, IS AS SUGGESTED.

(SIR JOHN EATON'S FUNERAL.)

1) MID, TO LATE '30s.

2) CLOTH COVERED COFFIN.

3) SERVICE NOT AT THE TIMOTHY EATON CHURCH.

4) LADY EATON/JOHN JR NOT TO BE SEEN.

NOTE: OF THE TWO MEN FACING EACH OTHER, WILLIAM (BILL) MILES

IS ON THE LEFT (ALFRED ROGERS BEHIND HIM) AND MILES' OWN

COACH DRIVER IS ON THE RIGHT.
Eaton funeral 2.

I DOUBT THAT THE "EATON FUNERAL", IS AS SUGGESTED.

(SIR JOHN EATON'S FUNERAL.)

1) MID, TO LATE '30s.

2) CLOTH COVERED COFFIN.

3) SERVICE NOT AT THE TIMOTHY EATON CHURCH.

4) LADY EATON/JOHN JR NOT TO BE SEEN.

NOTE: OF THE TWO MEN FACING EACH OTHER, WILLIAM (BILL) MILES

IS ON THE LEFT (ALFRED ROGERS BEHIND HIM) AND MILES' OWN

COACH DRIVER IS ON THE RIGHT.

I DOUBT THAT THE EATON FUNERAL, IS AS SUGGESTED.

(SIR JOHN EATON'S FUNERAL.)

1) MID, TO LATE '30s.

2) CLOTH COVERED COFFIN.

3) SERVICE NOT AT THE TIMOTHY EATON CHURCH.

4) LADY EATON/JOHN JR NOT TO BE SEEN.

NOTE: OF THE TWO MEN FACING EACH OTHER, WILLIAM (BILL) MILES

IS ON THE LEFT (ALFRED ROGERS BEHIND HIM) AND MILES' OWN

COACH DRIVER IS ON THE RIGHT.
Eaton Funeral Toronto Archives.

I DOUBT THAT THE "EATON FUNERAL", IS AS SUGGESTED.

(SIR JOHN EATON'S FUNERAL.)

1) MID, TO LATE '30s.

2) CLOTH COVERED COFFIN.

3) SERVICE NOT AT THE TIMOTHY EATON CHURCH.

4) LADY EATON/JOHN JR NOT TO BE SEEN.

NOTE: OF THE TWO MEN FACING EACH OTHER, WILLIAM (BILL) MILES

IS ON THE LEFT (ALFRED ROGERS BEHIND HIM) AND MILES' OWN

COACH DRIVER IS ON THE RIGHT.

Europe 1950s
Europe 1950s
Europe 1950s
Europe 1950s
Europe
Europe
Europe
Europe
Europe
Europe
Europe
Europe
Europe
Europe
This photo was with the Europian Photos
This photo was with the Europian Photos
A nice poem to give to Funeral Directors and Staff
A nice poem to give to Funeral Directors and Staff
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This interesting photo was sent to me .
Thank you so much for sending me this most interesting photo!
I wish I could figure out what the woman is holding in her hand.
I really like the head stone with its primitive form.
Interesting Photo What is in her hand?

This interesting photo was sent to me .
Thank you so much for sending me this most interesting photo!
I wish I could figure out what the woman is holding in her hand.
I really like the head stone with its primitive form.