15 Rare Photos Of Victorians Proving They Weren’t As Serious As You Thought


If you’ve ever looked at pictures from the Victorian era then you’ve probably noticed that nobody is smiling. Everybody looks so serious that it seems as if people in the 1800s simply didn’t know how to have fun. But as these rare pictures prove, that wasn’t always the case.
There are many theories as to why Victorians always look so dour in pictures. Long exposure times made smiling difficult (and by long we mean several hours. Seriously. Ever tried smiling for several hours? It hurts) and the high cost of portraits gave people very little to smile about. Poor dental hygiene made people reluctant to show their teeth (or whatever teeth they had left), and let’s not forget that many Victorians simply had it pretty rough back then. But as you can see from the pictures below, some still found something to smile about. (h/t: whizzpast)

#1 A Victorian Couple Trying Not To Laugh While Getting Their Portraits Done, 1890s

A Victorian Couple Trying Not To Laugh While Getting Their Portraits Done, 1890s

#2 A Unique Tea Setting For Two

A Unique Tea Setting For Two

#3 Cakewalk Dance

Cakewalk Dance

#4 A Snow Lady, 1892

A Snow Lady, 1892
The Strand magazine

#5 Unusual Portrait Of A Victorian Lady, 1840

Unusual Portrait Of A Victorian Lady, 1840

#6 Awkward Family Photo, Victorian Edition

Awkward Family Photo, Victorian Edition

#7 Three Fashionable Young Men At Yale, 1883

Three Fashionable Young Men At Yale, 1883

#8 Tsar Nicholas II Goofing Around, 1899

Tsar Nicholas II Goofing Around, 1899
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#9 Vintage Humor

Vintage Humor
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#10 Piggy Nose

Piggy Nose

#11 Unknown Victorian In Mid-jump

Unknown Victorian In Mid-jump

#12 Say That Again, And I’ll Dip You In, 1897

Say That Again, And I'll Dip You In, 1897
James M. Davis

#13 Men And Women Cross Dress In This Silly Victorian Snap, 1880-1900

Men And Women Cross Dress In This Silly Victorian Snap, 1880-1900

#14 Vacation Sports At The Seaside

Vacation Sports At The Seaside
Strohmeyer and Wyman

#15 Richard Freiherr Von Krafft-Ebing

Richard Freiherr Von Krafft-EbingKrafft-Ebing   

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