When I first found this picture on the Vintage Resources site I grabbed it because at a glance it looked perfect to illustrate a story I’d just finished.
Once I put the story and clip together though I noticed something strange on the left hand side of the picture that I hadn’t noticed when I’d first pulled it down from the Clip Art site.
There was a faded image of a child leaning against the railing and that child seemed to be present in a way that the more visible children weren’t.
I could think of at least three reasons for that image to be there and two of them made me glad I wasn’t in the house alone- so with all the lights in my work area on I put the picture up all alone at my Owl Creek Bridge with a caption that read ‘Almost There’.
Later I found out that child wasn’t a ghost- not in the way you’d define ghost- but at the time this picture was taken the ‘ Almost There’ child was indeed dead.
While researching the subject of Post Mortem photography for questions I had received about something I’d written, I learned that this sort of photograph was created as a memorial to people who had passed on.
This is the way it was done:
The family would pose for a picture and then an image of the deceased was superimposed onto the new photograph.
That’s what was done with this photograph…that’s why it was created- it’s a memorial to a dead child.
Like I said, there were two reasons I could think of for that image to be there and when they first creeped into my head I was glad I wasn’t in the house alone.
I wish that were true right now.