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Post-mortem Photograph Baby Holding Dandelion Memorial Portraiture Mourning Portrait
This is one of two post-mortem photographs I have available. This one from Lyon, France, is rather unique. Zoom in and see if you see the same thing I think I'm seeing: the baby is holding a dandelion seed head in her hand! Isn't that poignant symbolism? This real photo has been attached to a thick cardstock with a red-orange border, which has been unevenly cut around the edges. The photo has a light impression that his more noticeable when held at an angle. As you can see, the cardboard backing is not creased, so this impression/scuff line is superficial, only on the photo itself. Not dated but style, wall paper design, the rich purple-brown color in the photo all lead me to believe this is from the turn of the century, early 1900s. The photo itself is about 3.5 by 4.5 inches. The full cardstock size about 4 by 6 inches.
The other photo is listed here: https://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-8424/Post-mortem-Photograph-Baby-Eyes-Slightly
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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