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Post-mortem Photograph Baby with Eyes Slightly Open, Entwined Fingers and Rosary, Memorial Portraiture Mourning Portrait
Aside from the photographer's information, there is no name or date on this black and white post-mortem photograph. This one is exceptionally poignant with the baby's eyes slightly open and its little fingers entwined, clasped into a prayer formation. A rosary lies on top of the lace bedding. Slight silvering on the edges but overall, this portrait is in near mint condition. The photo itself measures 3.5 by 5.5 inches. There is a crisp onion paper sheath attached to the inside of the protective cover. Based on the silvering and the size of the photo, I do believe this is an antique photo from the early 1900s.
Wiki: Post-mortem photography (also known as memorial portraiture or a mourning portrait) is the practice of photographing the recently deceased. These photographs of deceased loved ones were a normal part of American and European culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Commissioned by grieving families, postmortem photographs not only helped in grieving, but often represented the only visual remembrance of the deceased and were among a family's most precious possessions.
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