Near's I can tell, Boing Boing guestblogger Mark Dery is writing his biography of of weird, little, Goth illustrator guru Edward Gorey, starts researching Gorey's interest in collecting once-common, long-forgotten, Victorian-era post-mortem photographs and daguerrotypes of children and babies, and found himself confronted with a vastly different cultural perception of parenting, death, memory, and mourning than the one we have here in our medicalized, technologized, memorialized present.
And so he wrote a whole chapter on it, and then had to cut it, but it was too finished and interesting to leave on his hard drive, so he stuck it on Boing Boing?
That, or the dude has some of the weirdest saved eBay searches of anyone outside the lifelike doll sculpture industry.
Ghost Babies [boingboing]
Related/previously/pot/kettle: 19th century funerary photographs, found after reading "Vessels," Daniel Raeburn's 2006 essay and historical meditation on the death of an infant following the stillbirth of his daughter Irene.