So naturally I went through my photo collection with a new goal: finding post-mortem photos. At first, I thought that any of the pictures could have been of dead people because nobody smiled for pictures in the 1800s. Most of the facial expressions are depressed at best.
In the Bishop album, I found a tintype of two boys that might be a post-mortem. The bases of stands are visible behind both boys. These stands held up dead people for the picture. The boy on the right is not posing his hands. His expression is vacant. The hat is straight, but his head is crooked, as if he was propped up and then someone stuck the hat on his head. Is the boy on the left also dead? Maybe he alive and holding up the other boy, or he is dead and his hands are fastened.
|Notice the bases of the stands behind the boys.|
I have no idea who these people are. What would be useful would be finding out who these boys are and when they died. That information could tell us if this is indeed a post-mortem picture.
Anyone have any opinions?