He wanted his son to look up to him.
(submitted by Brian)
Please stop making fun. Yes, so, the husband and father had passed away when this photo was done. This was a style of portrait done as a remembrance to a loved one. It was even offered by some funeral homes. Usually, it is done more tastefully, without the huge smiles.
Although he wasn’t dead he still felt the neednto look down on his family.
Who said he wasn’t dead
These types of photos make me think the person in the insert is dead.
Is this the same dad?
OMG! I think it is! LOL!
Wondering if the father passed away and they added him to the family portrait – I’ve seen this done before so it appears the loved one is ‘looking over them.’
I had exactly the same thought…. that this was a picture of a dad whom the son would not know except by stories & pictures like this. It was touching to me… course I’m a softie & all that. To me it was very compassionate & not at all awkward.
Awww, these comments are making me sad 🙁
Unfortunately, that was quite the style in the late 70s and maybe early 70s. For some reason, you just had one person up in the air. Although, your interpretation sounds better!
It’s more like the imposed image was taken at a later date because that person wasn’t available on the day.
That’s how it looked to me at first, which I thought was sad but sweet!
Yes, this is a mourning portrait. Some funeral homes still offer them. In the 19th century, post mortem photography was populuar – families posed with the actual body. This is the late 20th century version of that.
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