Victorian Hensōjutsu


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.


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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