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November 25, 2011

Hidden Mothers: 22 Creepy Studio Portraits of Faceless Mummies Behind Their Babies in the Victorian Era

Have you ever had difficulties trying to get a baby to sit down and pose for a picture? It’s a huge headache now, but it was even harder for mothers in the Victorian era, when camera technology made posing for photographs difficult.

Early pioneering photographers in the late 1820s had to wait hours for camera exposures. Even though exposure times had been drastically cut down to about 30 seconds by Victorian times, mothers still had to go to very strange and creepy-looking measures to get their children to sit still for a photo.

Babies had to be held by their mothers who, with the best of intentions, hid themselves in quite peculiar and creepy ways so they could calm their child and also stay out of the shot. What‘s even more spine-chilling is the fact that mothers sometimes also did this to hold up their dead children for final portraits before being buried.

Still, we can’t help but get the creeps looking at these draped grim reaper-like forms holding up the kiddos…

























1 comment:

  1. It was a tradition at some time during the Victorian era to have a picture of your child taken. The mother supported her child in a certain postition, especially when it was a baby who could not sit on its own, but the mother herself was hidden by a cloth, so that only the child would be visible on the picture.

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