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Family Pictures of loved ones in Poland

Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
10 May 2007 /  #1
This will sound like a weird Question, but we have a picture of one of our Great
great Uncles who was laid to rest in 1930. The Picture is that, taken while he was
in his coffin, and I have seen this before, but was wondering if others had family
Photos just like this. I know it sounds morbid. but that is why I am curious about
why? what was the reason behind taking photos of someone who is passed when
they probably have tons of them when they were alive.. what /who started doing
that and where do you think it originated.

I can tell you, there was a few other photos that i had seen from Poland, where it
showed the man ( who passed) and the family standing over him with distraught
tired eyes..

do they do this type of thing in Poland ? or other countries?
shopgirl 6 | 928  
10 May 2007 /  #2
This was very common a generation or two ago. I have seen many pictures like this in my family's album, as well. It is a little creepy, but it was a way of remembering the family member.

These days people do a memorial booklet with a current photo, and maybe a poem, and something about the memorial service, as a keepsake remembrance. Just one of the joys of Photoshop, I guess.

How are you doing today? Did your sister have surgery yet?
OP Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
10 May 2007 /  #3
It is very Creepy, but we have a picture of also my grandfather, which looks like
a chalk painting, and hes in a black suit, which I think they just did a painting of
him when he died. and that they just left his eyes open, this picture is very
different then just a normal picture..

I am doing fine, and my sisters surgery is June 12th.

thank you for the kind words :) thats why I think so very much of all of you
because there is so many sweet " beautiful" hearts out there :)

Back up to top..
11 May 2007 /  #4
This is very definitely a remnant of times gone by. Thankfully, I have never seen photos of my family's departed, but I can recall my grandmother taking pictures of my grandfather in 1989. While she was definitely of Polish descent, it seems to have been more a generational thing. When my grandmother died in 2000, my cousin who was in her forties at the time also took photos. It seems morbid to us but apparently was commonplace or at least an accepted practice. Not my thing, though....
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
12 May 2007 /  #5
I was sat on a tram a couple of years ago and the woman in front of me was showing her friend photos of someone who had passed on. I suppose a photo of the deceased would bring home the reality of the situation. Also, some family might not have been able to attend the funeral and may not have seen the person for some years. The photo would bring pride for a lfe shared and/or is the last reminder of that person.
Koach 16 | 128  
12 May 2007 /  #6
We used to have a picture of my Ukrainian great-grandfather in his coffin. He died 1940 in the U.S.
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
12 May 2007 /  #7
Here's an example...not my family though...royalty.
12 May 2007 /  #8
whose pic is it Z?
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
12 May 2007 /  #9
creepy huh? I think it's a realtive of the Działyński family

pic from Castle Kornik
OP Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
12 May 2007 /  #10
Well, it is creepy, because of the black and white. darkness of it. but newer
photos probably don't look like that..

There's a photo on the Internet called dead fred, they use it on a site because
it was a unknown photo someone found so they named him fred and its about
photos which were found all over and are still unknown and need identification.

just type in dead fred it will bring up the site with a google search.

Pictures of family

Admin, with all due respect, I think it would be a great addition to be able to add
some photos for the genealogy part , of course this is solely up to you :)

Pictures of family, posted here, military photos of those who fought, I know I would
love to see them, I find the older photos incredible, and maybe thru some miracle
someone might recognize a photo and be related to this person.. ???

whatta ya say? yeah or ney?

just an idea, I am sure it requires more space.. but was worth asking.. :)
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
22 May 2007 /  #11
"A picture tells a thousand words"

Pictures of family

I would like to see this too.
OP Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
22 May 2007 /  #12
YES!!! two Yeahs!! ty wroclaw :)
Goonie 8 | 242  
22 May 2007 /  #13
sure ;)

anything to make this forum more entertaining :D
OP Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
22 May 2007 /  #14
ah ha another yeah!! 3 yeahs and no neys..
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
22 May 2007 /  #15
Pictures would serve a practical purpose. It might be possible to put dates to pictures and pick out landmarks. For example: 1. It might mean the difference between searching in Poland or an adjoining country. 2. Style of dress can give you a date.

There are many things that you can learn from photos. They are an essential tool in Genealogy and might help to bring experts [in various fields] to the forum. They also help to understand the social history of the period.
OP Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
8 Nov 2007 /  #16
ok this topic has not been brought up in a while, I wouldnt mind hearing some more
thoughts on this :)
celinski 31 | 1,258  
15 Nov 2007 /  #17
I thank God they were able to take pictures. If not for this I would never have been able to view a beautiful 3 year old uncle who died in Siberia concentration camp. This is also making a big come back in the USA.
OP Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
20 Nov 2007 /  #18
I have a Picture of someone's loved ones that Krysia had translated for me a while
back but so far no luck on returning it to anyone yet.
Irisheyz77 3 | 44  
9 Dec 2007 /  #19
This is a photo of all the members of my family who came to a gathering in the small Polish town that we all originated from. Most of the people there were from that town and its surroundings....but there were also tons from Krakow, Warsaw, Germany, England...and me - the only one from America who made it. All together there were over 150 family members. I had been in contact with a cousin for a few years via email and so this was the first time that I met or talked to most of these family members.....yet it they didn't feel like strangers. I never felt so welcome in a place. =)

(I tried to upload the photo but it was too large....but for any interested in viewing it just follow the link)
OP Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
14 Dec 2007 /  #20
This is a photo of all the members of my family

oh that photo is so amazing!!

how cool.. I am very impressed :)
Irisheyz77 3 | 44  
16 Dec 2007 /  #21
I was impressed too. Before going to Poland I had no idea just how large my family really was. It was a good feeling.

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