Posted 8 years ago
Here is an 1880- 90s tintype that clearly shows a posing stand.
In recent years a myth has developed online that attributes these stands to the specific use of posing post mortem subjects.
THERE IS NO BASIS IN FACT in that story!
A cursory examine of a typical stand will show that it could not support the body weight of even a child. These stands were used to assist in holding the subjects head STILL during the photographic process.
In my 20+ years of collecting/ selling, I have NEVER seen a standing post mortem; and I examine over a million antique images every year.
Additionally, I have seen less than a handful of full upright sitting post mortems.
Don't fall victim! Educate yourself BEFORE making a purchase.