Today these photos seem very strange to us. We take so many photos of people when they're living, it would seem odd to remember someone in such an unnatural state, but back in this era, people did not take as many photos. Sometimes these would be the only photos of the whole family or all the kids.
Last night was rummaging through some papers when I stumbled upon the November 2005 issue of the local "Bulletin of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society." At first I couldn't remember why I had saved it until I came across this photo:
(Burial of Michael Fitzgibbons in the Old Paso Robles Cemetery, 1901)
I saved this photo because for the last several years the students in my history classes have been conducting cemetery surveys in local graveyards for the local historical society.
I haven't quite figured out what to make of this photo. What are your thoughts?
You can of course do an internet image search for "post-mortem photos" and come across plenty of examples online. I saved this one because it was local, but I still haven't decided if I will share it with my students.