Rare photographs taken in the Victorian era showing that they weren’t as serious as we thought


Back in the Victorian era, the cost of photographing meant that Victorians only took pictures once or twice in their lifetime, and long exposure times made smiling difficult in front of a camera, so that in our impression Victorians are always with a plain face in pictures, however, the pictures below are different from those serious-looking portraits, photographers captured these rare black-and-white photos showing they weren’t as serious as we thought.
#1 A Victorian Couple Trying Not To Laugh While Getting Their Portraits Done, 1890s

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#2 A Unique Tea Setting For Two

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#3 Cakewalk Dance

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#4 A Snow Lady, 1892

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Image source: The Strand magazine

#5 Unusual Portrait Of A Victorian Lady, 1840

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#6 Three Fashionable Young Men At Yale, 1883

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#7 Awkward Family Photo, Victorian Edition

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#8 Tsar Nicholas II Goofing Around, 1899

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Image source: statearchive

#9 Vintage Humor

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Image source: statearchive

#10 Piggy Nose

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

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

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Image source: James M. Davis

#13 Unknown Victorian In Mid-jump

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#14 Vacation Sports At The Seaside

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Image source: Strohmeyer and Wyman

#15 Richard Freiherr Von Krafft-Ebing

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Image source: Krafft-Ebing

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