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

Long exposure times made smiling difficult

Some still found something to smile about

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.

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

#2 A Unique Tea Setting For Two

#3 Cakewalk Dance

#4 A Snow Lady, 1892

#5 Unusual Portrait Of A Victorian Lady, 1840

#6 Three Fashionable Young Men At Yale, 1883

#7 Awkward Family Photo, Victorian Edition

#8 Tsar Nicholas II Goofing Around, 1899

#9 Vintage Humor

#10 Piggy Nose

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

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

#13 Unknown Victorian In Mid-jump

#14 Vacation Sports At The Seaside

#15 Richard Freiherr Von Krafft-Ebing


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