It was common for families to have
lots of children in the past, and also common for them to die before their fifth
birthday. In this picture, the youngest child has died and is propped
against a stand for the picture.

Via BBC               

Wait, WHAT?

Postmortem pictures, especially of children, were very common back then since it was much easier to get a picture with a subject that didn’t move, and they were kept as mementos.


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