Wednesday, 13 February 2013

THE LIBRARY OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHY...



Of late the VV has been greatly amused while wondering through the virtual world of The Library of Nineteenth-Century Photography where a varied and astonishing range of Victorian photographs are found. 

Below are some of her favourites, but do take a look at this online resource where many more images are found...providing a very rich source of material for all those who are interested in the era.


There are children...


And the elderly...


The disabled...


And exhibitionists...


Those who would rather not be seen...


The first African Anglican bishop...


And this Indian ayah in Windsor...


Many touching post mortem images such as this one from Japan...


A whole range of eccentrics...


As well as those more glamorous souls...



The VV does implore you to visit. She's sure you will be entertained.

9 comments:

  1. That is an amazing site - thanks for sharing it! :o)

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  2. They seemed more thoughtful than modern photos, I am guessing because everyone rushes now and so photos are more spontaneous. Or perhaps it cost so much money to go to a Victorian photo studio, families took the event very seriously. In either case, your selection is impressive.

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  3. Thank you, Essie. Such a wealth of social history as well as fiction ideas. There's a story in every photograph.

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  4. Thank you for the comments - and I do so agree with Sally. The pictures really bring the people of the age to life. I wish the Library every success. It is so fascinating.

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  5. These were great! I love reading about the Victorian Era (write about it, too), and I love it when I can see photos from the era to keep in mind as I write. Thank you for a nice collection of photos and thanks for the link to find more.

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  6. Just seen this - what a fantastic selection from the VV. Astonishing window into the Victorian world.

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