Victorian Hensōjutsu

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ma ma5 ma4 ma3 ma2Back in the late 19th century, photographic portraits required the subject to remain perfectly still for at least 30 seconds.

Twitchy infants were generally immobilised by a cunningly (and creepily) camouflaged mother.

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11 thoughts on “Victorian Hensōjutsu

  1. Gar

    More and more these days Broadsheet is just a procession of whatever has gone viral from the Guardian in the last few days.

    1. Kieran NYC

      The Graunid article has a theory that as infant mortality rates were so high, some of these kids might actually be dead – photos taken as the only visual record of their short life.

      So… even creepier.

      1. Chuckenstein

        Saw an article in a magazine about that very subject. Because mortality rates were so high, grieving parents did indeed want some sort of memento and post-mortem photos were very common. The grisly thing about the article was that it highlighted cases were the cause of death were all too obvious.

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