Gerald Metcalfe 1907

Harold and Maude (1971)

These aren’t the prettiest of post-mortem photographs. For many families, the cost of an expensive photograph was something that could hardly be expended, and when someone died, it could take days (or even weeks) to scrape together the funds needed to try and catch one last remembrance before it was too late. In the time it took for a family to come up with the money, the natural processes of decay had already begun. In those cases, you would get a photo like the one on the right, even with the artificial eyes in place.