18 Rare Photos of Victorians Just Goofing Off And Being Real People

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Vote up the Victorians who spent Friday night dancing on tabletops and taking body shots.

Many perceive the Victorian era as boring, ugly, and overly serious. The women stayed at home, wrapped in confining corsets hidden beneath several layers of heavy fabric and petticoats; men were usually decked out in waistcoats and ultra-shined patent-leather shoes. Given the constant discomfort Victorians undoubtedly experienced, many expect that Victorian photography will depict stone-faced, puritanical subjects, grimacing through repression and unnecessary fashion choices.

Some lesser-known photographic evidence, however, proves that Victorians acting silly not only happened, it looks a lot like funny pictures seen today. Despite popular notions of the mid- to late-19th century and early-20th century, the age of Queen Victoria – and early photography – was much more complex than some might think.


  • 1. Victorian Women Making A Snow Lady

  • 2. Trying To Hold It Together In A Photo Booth Montage

    Trying To Hold It Together In A Photo Booth Montage
    Photo: u/primal-chaos / Reddit
  • 3. Something Smells Funny

    Something Smells Funny
    Photo: u/ArjunReddyDeshmukh / Reddit
  • 4. Tsar Nicholas II Acting Silly

    Tsar Nicholas II Acting Silly
    Photo: u/DosGrandeManos / Reddit