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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Old photography


Hello dear ones!
From the many old photographs in time I dug up two from a period that we can only dream about and they are the ones i want to show you today. 
Although I love old photography I try not choosing any with small children on them unless I can specifically tell they're alive. 
Why am I mentioning this? When photography took off and became cheaper to make then a portrait, the people from the time decided to take a picture of a loved one right after their death. Mostly though, it was small children, as the mortality rate was very high. All done to remember. 
The strange thing was that they would stand them up in frames and devices that you could position them how you wanted. You'd have people painting irises on closed eyes or actually opening them up. 
They would either be put in positions or laid them out to fake sleep.
You'd have family members standing around the deceased or later on have a ghost-like figure in the picture, which was supposed to symbolize spiritual renewal or rememberance that you're being watched over. 
Trust me, pictures of dead babies and such are creepy and unpleasant. Im sure that for the family they were treasured and loved, especially tiny little people who passed after being born but when you find them after years of abandonement in an old dusty box filled with knicknacks in an antique store stuffed with old time things it can get really striking. 

The first two photos are mine and the rest is just some interesting pics I thought I'd share of erm... well, dead people (O.O) These were taken off the net, not mine! 

I wish everyone a most wonderful day!

Witajcie mili mioi!
Wsrod wielu fotografi porzuconych przez czas dzis wyszperalam sobie dwie z czasow o ktorych tylko pomarzyc mozna i to wlasnie nimi chce sie pochwalic Wam dzis. Chodz kocham stare fotogtografie to  nigdy nie staram sie wybierac zdjec z malenkimi dziecmi,chyba ze, wyraznie widac ze sa zywe.Dlaczego o tym wspomnialam bo kiedys dawno temu kiedy fotografia stala sie bardziej dostepna i nie tak droga jak obrazy,ludziska z tamtej epoki, tuz po smierci blskiej osoby robili im zdjecia.Najwiecej jednak  malenkich dzieci .Wszystko to po to aby zapamietac .Najdziwniejsze bylo to ,ze ustawiano ich na specjalnych ramach w pozycji stojacej,malowano na zamknietych powiekach oczy lub je otwierano.Ustawiano zmarlego w roznych pozycjach lub kladziono do loza tak aby sie wydawalo ,ze osoba spi.Rowniez ciekawostka jest to ,ze obok zmarlej osoby stal ktos z rodziny a na zdjeciu wygladal jak duch. Chciano tym pokazac,ze nad zmarlym stoi aniol lub duch osoby ukochanej.
Uwierzcie mi zdjecia malenkich dzieci juz nie zywych wygladaja naprawde dziwnie i nieprzyjemnie.Prawdopodobnie dla najblizszych byly to najpiekniejsze zdjecia i jedyne, szczegolnie maciopkich czlowieczkow tuz zaraz po urodzeniu .Ale kiedy oglada sie je po latach tylu lezace gdzies w skrzyniach malego antycznego sklepu pelnego rzeczy i mebli z tamtych czasow to robi niesamowite wrazenie.
Pierwsze dwa zdjecia sa moja wlasnoscia i dolacza do mojej kolekcji ,reszta zas  zdjeciami na ktorych sa wlasnie niezywe osoby i dzieciatka.Zdjecia te sa zapozyczone z internetu
Najserdeczniej Was pozdrawiam zyczac tego co sobie najbardziej chcecie:)























18 comments:

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Such an interesting collection! I understand what you mean about deceased being in photos. The only family photograph I have of my Grandfather and his family (around 1910) they cut and pasted his older brother's photo in with a body. He had drown 3 weeks before the family shot was taken at 19 years old. For 1910, they did a pretty good job using a former photo of my Great Uncle - but it is still creepy knowing he had passed before the photo was assembled.

violi igłą malowane said...

Smutne jest to co pokazałaś . ja sobie nie wyobrażam robienia takich zdjęć .Nawet nie zdawałam sobie sprawy i wcześniej nie słyszałam że tak bywało ...

MariaPar said...

Dzisiaj także robi się przepiękne sesje z matkami trzymającymi w ramionach swoje umarłe, nowonarodzone dziecko. Artyzm i prawdziwa rozpacz.
Każdy che swoich bliskich uchronić od zapomnienia.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie

Peninia said...

...tak... kiedyś byłam na takiej stronie poświęconej takim zdjęciom z dużą ilością opisów...niezbyt miłe wrażenie...zwłaszcza te dzieci.

Ciepło Cię pozdrawiam i dziękuję za odwiedzinki*

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my... I swear I didn't know they did that......how terrible for the other little ones included in the photos. You're right.... that's creepy.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Spencer
xo

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

Great photos!
Markus

AGATKA said...

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Lynn said...

I never knew! Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog about making you smile. Your comment, the first one I saw this morning, made me laugh in delight. Have a wonderful day!

Lynn Stevens said...

I knew they did that years ago when people had passed on. I'm so glad they stopped that tradition. I'm sure it must have given family some comfort but Always gives me a creepy feeling.

Kim said...

Oh how wonderfully sweet and sad all at the same time...I love the Victorian momento mori photos. I always wonder what the family was thinking and feeling as they posed with their loved one who has passed away? Thanks so much for a beautiful post.xo

khess136 said...

Oh my goodness...I had no idea this was a common practice! I agree, dear Kasia, it is very creepy! The picture of the little one laid out in lace and wearing what looks like a Christening gown, really broke my heart. Thank you for educating us...I will look more carefully at cabinet photos.
xoxo
Karen

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

You are right that is really creepy. Have a wonderful week,Kasia.
Hugs,
Marie

Maureen said...

Wow, I never knew...

I know that in Europe, it was traditional to take photos of the deceased in the casket which really creeped me out... but this is so... sad.

Thanks for educating me; I too shall be more careful when looking and commenting on old photos.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That was interesting, I just recently heard about the photography postmortem, here you have the pictures. It is so interesting, why they did and why we no longer do.

Carol

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's so nice to have a few old photos from the past! Thanks for sharing yours and the others that you found! Hugs! ♥

Radziejowe Zacisze said...

No cóż Kasiu, każda epoka ma swój styl. Ja mam w domu zdjęcia dziadka z roku 1957 też pośmiertne zrobione w trumnie. Takie były zwyczaje. Pierwszy raz takie siedzące zobaczyłam na filmie "Inni". Mogą one budzić różne emocje, ale dają nam wiele wiedzy o tamtych czasach. Pozdrawiam Cie cieplutko. Ania:)

darias said...

Kasiu Twoje zdjęcia śliczne, a te kolejne...no cóż troszkę przerażające, ale sama nie wiem czy gdyby moje dzieciaczki nie przeżyły to bym im zdjęć nie zrobiła, żeby w jakiś sposób zachować je na zawsze.
Niby śmierć jest naturalną częścią życia ale śmierć dzieci jest straszna i niesprawiedliwa.

Pomimo dość smutnego nastroju pozdrawiam Cię cieplutko i lecę czytać pozostałe posty bo straaaaasznie długo nie byłam u Ciebie.

Buziaki :*

sonya said...

Yes, it seems like it would have been tramatic for the children who were alive to have to pose with them. I know I wouldn't have wanted to.
Mel said he remembers when he was little at his Grandfather's funeral, his parents wanted him to go up and kiss him (another tradition) and Mel refused. His Mother was really upset with him! I think he said he was about 5 years old but he still remembers it!
Thanks for sharing, dear!
Hugs~