Victorian and Edwardian photographs
October 4, 2005 9:32 AM   Subscribe

Victorian and Edwardian photographs: A large collection from the Roger Vaughan Picture Library
posted by Gamblor (14 comments total)
There's lots more material at the parent site, although the navigation can be a little confusing.
posted by Gamblor at 9:36 AM on October 4, 2005

Who cares about the navigation? This is the sort of place you want to get lost in.

Many thanks.
posted by IndigoJones at 10:14 AM on October 4, 2005

This woman must have been the Christina Aguilera of her time, I mean, what a 'ho! I can see all of this trollop's limbs!
posted by Pollomacho at 10:17 AM on October 4, 2005

This trollop. Sorry.
posted by Pollomacho at 10:17 AM on October 4, 2005

Here's the man! Do you think his devil suit is under that cape?
posted by OmieWise at 10:42 AM on October 4, 2005

Pollomacho, you think she's bad? Check out this hussy!
posted by Specklet at 11:10 AM on October 4, 2005

That harlot is showing her ankles! Burn her!
posted by deborah at 11:58 AM on October 4, 2005

That harlot is showing her ankles! Burn her!

I'm shocked you would even dare mention what portion of her personage she has exposed!
posted by Pollomacho at 12:43 PM on October 4, 2005

Hey, Victorian prudery has been wildly exaggerated in popular accounts. Except for a tiny sliver of middle and upper middle class society, the people of Victorian England lived frank, earthy lives. If certain aspects of sexuality and digestion did not get written about or talked about in drawing room conversation, it was not because the Victorians were shocked by them, but because they were too close to them. These were people who gave birth and died in their own homes, who pooped into bowls kept under the bed, and reproduced on a scale that indicates a strong practical distaste for chastity. The past three decades of historical research have revealed a vast Victorian sexual demimonde that was hardly a secret to anyone at the time. For some reason, we keep the myth of Victorian prudery alive. And that story about piano legs being covered up for modesty's sake -- I'd like to see some documentation on that. We have no business feel smugly superior to a culture that brought forth Ruskin, Dickens, Nightengale, etc.
posted by shambles at 1:25 PM on October 4, 2005

How dare you suggest that Queen Vicky's 9 children were anything but virgin births!
posted by Pollomacho at 1:34 PM on October 4, 2005

Omiewise, not a devil suit, it's his simian body.
posted by Gamblor at 2:26 PM on October 4, 2005

Thanks for this, Gamblor.
posted by interrobang at 3:41 PM on October 4, 2005

I love the one of Gaynor Rowlands where she looks as if she's surrounded by angel hair pasta. Obviously she has been Touched by His Noodly Appendage.
posted by Lycaste at 7:41 PM on October 4, 2005

Completely mesmerizing. I can't help but wonder about their lives. Great link!
posted by Kimberly at 10:38 PM on October 4, 2005

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