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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