Portraits of Headless People During the Victorian Era

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Some folks during the Victorian era possessed a bizarre sense of humor. Several photographs attest to their fascination for creating portraits that feature decapitated humans. In the pre-Photoshop era, photographers and photo editors used double negatives to achieve this effect.

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When photography was the latest technology during the mid-1800s, their experimentation led them to discover this type of “trick photography.” Let’s say if you wanted your head or someone else’s head on a silver platter, your daring photographer can have that done for you and for posterity.

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Victorian photography will always be a fascinating conversational subject. Headless photography was the thing of that era together with the famous memento mori.