Victorian photography often gets perceived as being boring, ugly, and serious. The women stayed at home, wrapped in confining corsets beneath several layers of heavy fabric and petticoats; meanwhile men kept their members in bear traps. Given the constant discomfort the era's women and men definitely experienced, one expects most Victorian photography to depict stony-faced, puritanical subjects, grimacing through repression and unnecessary fashion choices. But photographic evidence exists proving Victorians acting silly not only happened, it looks a lot like funny pictures you see today.
Goofy faces, ridiculous fashions, and "scandalous" topics appear in funny Victorian photos, a statement you probably never expected to read. Especially "scandalous" are the more erotic and cross-dressing photographs captured during the Victorian era. While most believe the era's sexual repression naturally led to extra-homophobic sentiment, some of the below photos reveal the time of Queen Victoria was much more complex than you think.