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.

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

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

#2 Cakewalk Dance

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

#3 A Unique Tea Setting For Two

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

#4 A Snow Lady, 1892

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

#5 Unusual Portrait Of A Victorian Lady, 1840

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

#6 Three Fashionable Young Men At Yale, 1883

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

#7 Awkward Family Photo, Victorian Edition

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

#8 Tsar Nicholas II Goofing Around, 1899

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

#9 Vintage Humor

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

#10 Piggy Nose

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

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

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

#13 Unknown Victorian In Mid-jump

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

#14 Vacation Sports At The Seaside

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

#15 Richard Freiherr Von Krafft-Ebing

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

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