RECREATING 19th CENTURY DEATH & MOURNING PHOTOGRAPHS January 13, 2020 100 By Peter Engel CategoryArticles BlogTags19th century death 19th century photography ambrotype ask a mortician caitlin doughty Jolene Lupo mourning new york Penumbra Foundation The Merchant's House Tintype Tintype photography Victorian death Victorian funeral Victorian mourning Victorian photography Victorian postmortem photography Victorian tintype 100 Comments Reagan Hadaway says: January 13, 2020 at 12:53 am It would be really cool if you could make a video about the sequence of events involved in a green burial from right when the person dies, to a viewing, to the funeral Reply Jodi Randazzo says: January 13, 2020 at 12:58 am I have to ask, did you do a commercial for Lume deodorant? If not,this commercial is you. FUNNY STUFF.LOVE YOU VIDEOS.💕😈 Reply Shawnie Baker says: January 13, 2020 at 1:04 am No, this definitely is the content I'm looking for!♡ Reply Minna K says: January 13, 2020 at 1:06 am I was waiting for "Caitlin's head" at the end… 😂 Reply aranelangel says: January 13, 2020 at 1:16 am I was so excited for this and it was just as amazing as expected. I absolutely loved it and I hope you do get around to a spirit shoot. Thank you for all the fantastic work you and your team do. Reply Ms. Gutierrez says: January 13, 2020 at 1:24 am Wow you are looking thinner love it! Reply Rhiannon says: January 13, 2020 at 1:59 am I legit was surprised 5 photos took 4 hours. ONLY four. I was thinking daguerreotype lol. (If I remember correctly the first photo took 6 hours, however they did not ALL take that long.) Reply Vivian Plumly says: January 13, 2020 at 2:00 am I so wish we could be friends. I am thinking you have a splendid sense of humor off camera. Your on camera is great. I enjoy your informative yet pithy stories. Reply Yuri the Eighth Demoness says: January 13, 2020 at 2:11 am "One. And you're done." Reply Shannon Enyedy says: January 13, 2020 at 2:12 am I know this is so random. But I literally just thought of it today. I’ve seen videos where doctors describe what is inaccurate/accurate about tv shows, movies, books. It would be amazing if you did this on the accuracy of death scenes or funerals or whatever honestly. Also you’re a goddess and we’re lucky to have you girl! Reply evelynvslife says: January 13, 2020 at 2:18 am I heard about whistler’s mother from a naked gun movie I think it was. Reply GMNEESON says: January 13, 2020 at 2:31 am On an unrelated note, I went to Barnes and Noble and saw your book! I was so excited! Reply Peter Wallace says: January 13, 2020 at 2:35 am Just keep posting your funny lovely self. 🌹👍🏻🇦🇺 Reply Brian Powell says: January 13, 2020 at 2:49 am Just stumbled across your videos, and i enjoy them, and i also think you're very pretty! Reply Kevin Hansen says: January 13, 2020 at 2:53 am So does this mean we are dubbing this “The year of Solutions”? Reply Karen Fuller says: January 13, 2020 at 2:53 am This was extremely interesting! Thank you, Caitlyn and friends! Reply Kailey Magin says: January 13, 2020 at 2:54 am This was perfectly informative and fun all at the same time! You and your team truly have a knack for creating educational videos that are just the perfect balance of information and silliness. P.S.~ I, too, had not heard of the Whistler's Mother until this video. P.P.S.~ I just finished your book "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and I adored it. My profile photo here was taken on the Cathedral Trees Trail you wrote about. I am glad you did not do what you wanted to at that time; your passion for changing the funeral industry for the better is something that I sincerely appreciate. Your videos have helped answer so many questions I had about death, funerals, and burials. It has come as a great comfort to me and helped me come to terms with my so-called 'morbid' passion to work in palliative care. Thank you. Reply dudzmota says: January 13, 2020 at 3:10 am THIS. IS. AMAZING! Reply ReneeandJimmyG says: January 13, 2020 at 3:53 am Hey! I didnt get a pin with my book! Reply Marco Alvarez Maselli says: January 13, 2020 at 3:58 am your best video yet Reply Debbie Culpepper says: January 13, 2020 at 4:24 am The older "mourner" is striking. Reply Nancy Wesolowski Washed Clean-Soaps by Jona says: January 13, 2020 at 4:28 am Wait, what? You never watched LooneyTunes?! I still watch them bwahhha. Love the vid Reply Laura Jarrell says: January 13, 2020 at 4:29 am Wow, Caitlin, you bring such a great feeling to these dark subjects. Victorian times were such a transitional time because 'conveniance' and money were spreading to the middle class, yet so little was known. Like wonderful devices everyone wanted, while still having the old, so the new electric could blow up the old gas! And photography was a dangerous thing with the wet plates, people poisoned because the silver nitrate , also poison, was washed off with poison potions. And the ether was dangerous, flammable. And there was so much death, life was short and hard, but still, so much better than a hundred years before. And the social stuff, gads! No wonder religion was so important. Life is hard, but nothing stopped us! We are an amazing species! 😘💖☮️🎃 Reply Bethany Smith says: January 13, 2020 at 4:46 am Oh I need that spirit photography video! Also the tintype pin 🙂 Heading over to Patreon now! Reply Sam John Anthony says: January 13, 2020 at 4:55 am This is an absolutely awesome video. Please do the spirit photo shoot. Reply Brandeana says: January 13, 2020 at 4:56 am Instacorpse Reply Keith Cope says: January 13, 2020 at 5:23 am Downright morbid I like it. Reply Gabe Elijiah says: January 13, 2020 at 5:26 am Yessss Reply Melanie_K4Y says: January 13, 2020 at 5:34 am Why not call it Instagrave? 😛 Reply Tricia Cummings says: January 13, 2020 at 5:49 am So love your sense of humor! Reply mayminaters says: January 13, 2020 at 6:38 am Please do a video with Unus Annus! Reply Bettie Russo says: January 13, 2020 at 6:47 am Actually, mourning for a husband took 2 yrs and a day. These ladies would also be wearing a veil. But, thank you for posting this…they are beautiful and so are you, even if you are dead in this video Reply Lauren Zo says: January 13, 2020 at 6:53 am I need a Caitlin x Karolina zebrowska collab Reply Joe Verde says: January 13, 2020 at 6:57 am … instagrave… Reply Jacqueline M. says: January 13, 2020 at 7:16 am Love this! Reply Royal Rot says: January 13, 2020 at 7:32 am I dream of seeing you on unnus annus talking about weird cool death stuff with markiplier and crankgameplays Reply Melissa says: January 13, 2020 at 7:51 am I found this fascinating! Thanks for doing this video. Reply Jjcmj 99 says: January 13, 2020 at 7:58 am I can’t imagine what grieving parents felt posing with their dead child for hours having their pictures taken Reply Nicole Hatala says: January 13, 2020 at 8:15 am Tonight is the eve of my moms cremation, ive been watching your vlogs for about a year and it somehow made this process less scary and more comforting. We asked our director for a private viewing of the cremmation for me and my siblings. I spent tonight making her a beautiful rose and carnation lay flat flower piece for her box. It smells so good. I dont know how i will feel once she goes in since we all said goodbye at the hospital on the 28th when she was warm and i held her all morning. She wasnt embalmed so im thinking maybe a box hug, we will see. I want to remember her in the best light i can. We did take a death photo minutes after she passed and me and my brothers literally weeping holding my mom surrounding her like children again. Its a very special photo to me now, i wonder if i could make it into tin? Maybe. Thanks for always making beautiful vlogs, they really do help in all the sense. Reply oh hi mark says: January 13, 2020 at 8:53 am My family have a tin type photograph from around 1900, maybe a bit older. The thing is, we're from a part of Ireland that was incredibly poor, people just didn't have the money to do this kind of thing, and we don't know who the family is in the photo… they're not English landowners, they're definitely native Irish by their names, so it's all very strange. We can't find any documents to support this family's existence locally, which you would also expect to find if they were well off enough to have portraits taken around here. Our own little mystery! Reply karen chiavazzo says: January 13, 2020 at 8:55 am ONE and ur DONE Reply B D says: January 13, 2020 at 9:18 am What happened to death in the afternoon! I need more content!! Stop sleeping , use meth and make more videos! Reply tommyk782 says: January 13, 2020 at 9:56 am I love you you are great. Reply schwarzalben88 says: January 13, 2020 at 10:06 am Fascinating but macabre 😊 ( I do know of someone who took digital photographs of her deceased second husband in his casket and at the funeral. These she produces for the inspection and admiration of visitors. Bad taste if you ask me) Reply Donna Lambton says: January 13, 2020 at 10:56 am would the drawing room curtains be open?-I suppose you needed the extra light Reply Allie Ganswindt says: January 13, 2020 at 11:35 am Your videos are boring now. Reply William schlenger says: January 13, 2020 at 12:44 pm This makes you appreciate photography as it was.I did wedding photography in the 1970s& 80s.You had to know film,lighting,ect.Today point shoot a thousand &pick which is best. Reply Jim Allegood says: January 13, 2020 at 1:19 pm Give us 'Spirit Photography'!And Caitlin's head…. on a tintype. Reply Rebecca Michelle Perkins says: January 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm Thank you so much for doing these and all of your videos. My mother is in end stage liver failure and your videos have made helping her have a death plan so much easier. Reply makeupwithkait _ says: January 13, 2020 at 1:44 pm i love your humor and your channel so much <3 Reply m k says: January 13, 2020 at 2:04 pm If a woman died while she in mourning, did she get buried in mourning clothes? This must have happened just given the general life expectancy and of course wearing arsenic laden clothing. Perhaps you knew painting as Whistler called it: "Arrangement in Grey and Black" Reply ideamissing says: January 13, 2020 at 2:09 pm This was really interesting, not just because we learned about the Victorian mourning practices, but also about photography. it was also really funny, the moment when Caitlin's corpse close-up was finished and the photographer says, 'thank you,' and the 'corpse' sits up and stretches. Reply John Dee Is Me says: January 13, 2020 at 2:31 pm Thanks to this channel and the Order of the Good Death, I recently set up a living will and made arrangements for a green burial. Hope I don't need them for a long long time of course. Reply Kim Winders says: January 13, 2020 at 2:46 pm You are such a trip lady! I so enjoy your channel. 🤗 Reply Tracie Smith says: January 13, 2020 at 2:52 pm Idk how to do it. But that death pic of Caitlin should be on the cover of her next book Reply Alucard Peach says: January 13, 2020 at 3:07 pm I thought death photography had been proven a hoax?? Reply Kat Pickles says: January 13, 2020 at 3:32 pm When visiting my grandmother as children we would often sneak off with her photo albums. I will never forget the first time I saw a photo of her sister, the only photo ever taken, and of course, taken in death. She was very young, the coffin was leaned against the house and she was standing, leaning against the inside wall of the tiny coffin. Her eyes were open. I was very young and at first I thought she was alive. I can almost remember exactly how my thought process went. It was quick, but it felt like it took a strangely long amount of time for me to accept the fact that she was indeed dead. Horrified, of course the first thing I did was show my siblings and cousins. After that, almost every visit included a look at that photo in secret. It was such a strange feeling. I argued with myself that there’s no way that could be a casket this child was standing in and why in the world would she be doing so if it was? And of course out of respect for my grandmother I did not want to ask her because I could sense that it was something I probably should not be asking a lot of questions about. I don’t have a ton of memories that really stand out in my mind from my childhood, but that is definitely one! Photography has always been something of great interest and fascination to me, especially photography throughout history, as well as beliefs surrounding photography. I enjoyed this video immensely and I just want to tell you how much I appreciate you guys taking the time and energy to do such a fantastic job and share it with all of us. As always, just the right amount of humor to balance out the rest of the subject matter. Adore you (and your face!) Reply gusmonster59 says: January 13, 2020 at 3:51 pm I've posed for this type of photograph. Standing still that long is very difficult. I even had a head stand behind me to keep my head still so I wouldn't blur. Reply Spooky Toast says: January 13, 2020 at 3:56 pm X___X The neat/kinda grim thing about this video… This was uploaded on my dad's birthday; whom no longer is with us. He'd have probably found this interesting though! He's the reason why I like monsters/spooky things like this! Reply Holly Hawk Sews says: January 13, 2020 at 4:08 pm My family still has a few tintypes of our ancestors. I always thought they were super cool. None of ours are death pictures (the ones we have are photographs not tintypes) It was really interesting to see the whole process of taking these. Reply Loke Westad says: January 13, 2020 at 4:11 pm not able to go to thw order of the good death site, is it down? Reply Finny Oak says: January 13, 2020 at 4:25 pm Spirit photoshoot yes PLEASE. Reply twistedbabyrose says: January 13, 2020 at 4:40 pm This is exactly the content I signed up for Caitlin… Exactly. Reply Tiffany Owen says: January 13, 2020 at 4:58 pm We have a tintype of my great-grandmother. Reply ESL Teacher Sam says: January 13, 2020 at 5:16 pm I learned the old school way of developing photos from 25 years ago in high school. The results are amazing thanks for sharing this amazing process! Reply April Williams says: January 13, 2020 at 5:21 pm This is so interesting!!! It really does let you appreciate the photography from that era. Reply Smauggish says: January 13, 2020 at 5:22 pm I soooo wanna see spirit photography!! Reply April Williams says: January 13, 2020 at 5:24 pm So amazing! Reply FeatherCharm says: January 13, 2020 at 5:40 pm If you're doing another old fashioned Ask A Mortician, is there any chance you could answer this question?I've read that cremation in a wood cremation coffin is actually better for the environment than cremation without a coffin, because the cremation takes less time with the added kindling provided by the coffin. Is this true? I also have a question about natural burial. I live in a rather small country (Netherlands) with limited amounts of nature. We do have some natural burial cemeteries, but some ecologists say that natural burial actually damages the ecosystem, because it provides too many nutrients in the soil, and the ecological balance is generally maintained by scarcity. Have you encountered this criticism of natural burial before? What is your view on it? I'm just trying to find the greenest legal way to dispose of my corpse whenever that becomes necessary. Thank you! Reply hattiethehatter says: January 13, 2020 at 5:47 pm My first introduction to Whistler's Mother was in that awful Mr Bean film from the 90s. Reply Reuben Walton says: January 13, 2020 at 5:54 pm 22:22 what is she doing here? Reply Jenn Grace says: January 13, 2020 at 6:07 pm Whistler is my fav. Reply I’m the one who brought the beans says: January 13, 2020 at 6:15 pm This video is so interesting but can we just appreciate that Caitlin could totally put together a kickass girl group with exclusively banged women just from her phone contacts? They could call it The Bang-les or Caitlin Lang and the Siss Boom Bangs Reply Mortuary Artist says: January 13, 2020 at 6:33 pm I have always loved the Victorian way of death. I had a photo of my great grandmother, with my grandmother, who was aged about 18. My great grandmother was dressed all in black, deathly miserable, but her name was ‘ happy’ amazing. Reply Alexandra Chauran says: January 13, 2020 at 6:34 pm Random nifty thing… When I was looking at houses with a Realtor, one of the houses had corpse photos of a baby throughout the house and a memorial headstone in the front yard. I wanted that house so bad! They didn't take our offer. They also had on display a flag in a case with a plaque honouring a soldier who had died. Reply Kendra Mahoney says: January 13, 2020 at 6:45 pm Now I want to have a tintype done for my wedding someday! Reply Ghostie says: January 13, 2020 at 6:48 pm Omg i really hope they can do the spirit photography this was so cool to learn about it Reply Deborah Chick says: January 13, 2020 at 7:02 pm You are so awesome. Thank you for your informative uploads. Reply Justin Shrawder says: January 13, 2020 at 7:14 pm Your name should be Mortisha!!!LOL Also you should have black roses around your set!! Strangly addictive videos. Please stay alive too keep up the great videos!! Reply Ross F says: January 13, 2020 at 7:18 pm I think this is your best video to date! So informative as well as interesting! Reply Emily says: January 13, 2020 at 7:22 pm Please do the spirit photography! That'd be so cool to see. Reply Jacinth says: January 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm This video was too awesome! Reply Daya Autum says: January 13, 2020 at 7:36 pm I never got a pin with my book, Barnes and Nobles you thieves!I do know that my cat will in fact eat my eyeballs, which leads to another question, am I fattening to my cat? My cat is already pushing 18 pounds so he doesn't need fattening eyeballs. How do I prevent this health hazard? Reply DONNA HOSTASCH says: January 13, 2020 at 7:38 pm How could there possibly be 69 dislikes?? This was so educational. Reply lath spell says: January 13, 2020 at 7:38 pm I'm SO JEALOUS!!! Boy, I want to shoot real tintypes!!!! So so so jealous T-T Reply Lynda Wood says: January 13, 2020 at 7:42 pm Really interesting video. Keep up the super good work. Reply Eve DLR says: January 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm You need to take a break and watch Looney Tunes. You missin out. P.S. I enjoy you content. Reply Craig Allen says: January 13, 2020 at 8:11 pm I feel your pain, Caitlin, I have all your books, I've liked all your regular video's and Symposium video's,and yet you haven't called, written or visited. It's very sad. Whats a boy to do these days…? <JK, BTW> 8-P Reply Wendy Derk says: January 13, 2020 at 8:35 pm Love this video I love history 🙏😇♥️💕🇺🇸 Reply Katrina Hugendubler says: January 13, 2020 at 9:01 pm I use to do civil war re an acting for years, this is something my ex husband had done with a friend and it was such a amazing experience! Coolest part was everything was backwards which I thought was so neat, I use to collect tin types and most were post death which I always found so neat! Reply MultiKhaikhai says: January 13, 2020 at 9:15 pm Where can we see the photos? Reply Mikalyn Anderson says: January 13, 2020 at 9:22 pm Go for spirit photos! Reply OMGitsSeppie says: January 13, 2020 at 9:25 pm I know Whistler's Mother from the Mr Bean Movie… Reply vicki may says: January 13, 2020 at 9:27 pm This HAS to get 75,000 likes! Reply Deborah Smith says: January 13, 2020 at 9:36 pm So interesting. Thank you. I love" the Scream "and I believe that painting characterizes this. Probably, only the well to do could afford this? I loved the house they used-charming. I believe there would be a market for that these days,or is this just me? Reply GoddessInMe says: January 13, 2020 at 9:36 pm I remember staying still for an hour to get my brain scanned and to get other brain tests ooof y’all it was pretty wild Reply technopoptart says: January 13, 2020 at 9:44 pm a third there in two days? i thiiiiink this is doable. you better get on that appointment<3 Reply Plush Evil says: January 13, 2020 at 10:06 pm Ohhhh. I never knew the name of that painting! I always learn so much from your content. Thank you! Reply Dee Dee says: January 13, 2020 at 10:10 pm The only photograph that my family has of my grandmother as a teenager was taken with a group of mourners at a funeral for a child back in 1914. Reply Amy Van Engelen says: January 13, 2020 at 10:29 pm I completely agree, photos used to mean something..take me back to a time before digital photography 😑 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.