Nova Scotia Archives

Halifax and Its People / 1749-1999

Sleeping or Dead Child, ca. 1867

Infant mortality was a reality of life in Victorian Halifax. A recognized custom of the time was for parents to have their dead child photographed as if the youngster were sleeping, for a memento mori.

Photographer: The People's Gallery

Date: ca. 1867

Reference: Album no. 5 Nova Scotia Archives  no. 74  / neg. no.: N-9372

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