These Funny Photos Prove The Victorian Era Wasn’t All Doom And Gloom

Apparently it wasn't all misery...

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When you think about the Victorian era, you probably think of English royalty, Queen Victoria, lavish living by the rich, intense suffering from the poor and an overall wave of aristocracy. Most of the pictures that you’ve seen probably don’t capture a particularly fun or jovial side, though, with photos usually presenting glum and serious faces made by people wearing ridiculous hats and gowns. Believe it or not, though, people across different classes during the Victorian era did have plenty of fun and they even occasionally revealed the odd smile or expression of joy. Take a look as these funny photos prove the Victorian era wasn’t all doom and gloom.

Check out this unidentified Victorian woman having her photo taken back in 1840. This definitely isn’t the typical pose that we’ve grown used to seeing…

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This candid photo of a couple in the 1890’s perfectly captures that awkwardness that many of us feel when we’re having our picture taken. They can’t keep it together!

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Most Victorian family portraits capture very serious and stern poses, but this particular family clearly chose to take a different approach with their photo-shoot…

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Is this a photo of a playful woman joking around during the Victorian period, or just the newest camera filter on Snapchat?

These Funny Photos Prove The Victorian Era Wasn't All Doom And Gloom
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Not only did people in the Victorian era have plenty of fun, they even managed to build elaborate snow people as well…

These Funny Photos Prove The Victorian Era Wasn't All Doom And Gloom
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Sure, life in Victorian London was incredibly overcrowded and many people didn’t have access to clean running water, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little joke from time to time…

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Nothing to see here, just Tsar Nicholas II (whoever the heck that is…) messing around with a couple of his Victorian chums!

These Funny Photos Prove The Victorian Era Wasn't All Doom And Gloom
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This woman was clearly way ahead of the mid air jump photo that never seems to stop trending on your various social media feeds…

These Funny Photos Prove The Victorian Era Wasn't All Doom And Gloom
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If we’re being perfectly honest, tennis outfits in during the Victorian era don’t look like they were particularly practical. How could you lunge to the net for a drop-shot in that!?

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Gender politics and conversation surrounding various trans lifestyles has never been more prominent in public conversation, but cross dressing has been embraced by many people for years…

These Funny Photos Prove The Victorian Era Wasn't All Doom And Gloom
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Take a look at how content this woman looks as she rides through St James’ Park in London on a Victorian bicycle, or a “scorcher.”

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A woman named Evelyn Winchester takes her heavy boots of for a little stroll along the seaside. Life looked pretty sweet…

These Funny Photos Prove The Victorian Era Wasn't All Doom And Gloom
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These three victorians worked in the fashion industry and look pretty happy with themselves, but what are they doing with their fingers!?

These Funny Photos Prove The Victorian Era Wasn't All Doom And Gloom
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We reckon that this youngster turned into quite a Jack the lad when he grew up a little, running around Victorian London like an old school Dennis the Menace…

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