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Colorized Photos That Will Change How You See The Victorian Era

Updated November 5, 2019 25.4k votes 2.9k voters 101.1k views27 items

List RulesVote up the photos that don’t make Victorians seem like prudish, uptight sticks in the mud.

During the Victorian Era, Great Britain experienced wealth and prosperity; the nation's imperial reach brought European style and technology to the whole world. However, modern people sometimes assume Victorians were stern and humorless, like sticks in the mud. Black-and-white photos only add to this perception, but colorized Victorian era photos present a different narrative.

Color brings a much-needed vivacity to often mischaracterized periods of time, shortening the distance between today's world and the past. In fact, these retouched historical images create a more balanced portrayal of the 19th century. Not everyone frowned in their portraits, and some people even posed for risqué shots.

After looking at these snapshots, you'll likely reevaluate how you view the Victorian period.

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    A Portrait Of Princess Ka'iulani, Crown Princess Of Hawaii

    Photo: Mark James Miller / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
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    The Docks Of New York

    Photo: /u/radiomars / Reddit
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    A Woman In Costume For The French Cabaret Show At Folies Bergère

    Photo: Lucien Waléry / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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    Dancer Cléo de Mérode Dressed In Costume

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