Like Big Ben and the Tower of London, Tower Bridge is one of those impressive structures that is simply associated with the mega city. If you think of Big Ben or Tower Bridge, you think of London. But did you know that during the twilight of the Victorian era, this marvelous structure was finally completed?
That’s right. Right as the sun was setting on Victoria’s reign, the engineers finished Tower Bridge, allowing easy access to the East of London via the River Thames. This photo commemorates one of those early moments when Tower Bridge joined the London landscape – which it now has been forever eternalized with.
After seeing this photo, it’s hard not to believe that Rapunzel was just a fairy tale. Rapunzel must have just been a princess during the 19th century because Victorian women didn’t seem all that fond of cutting their tresses. In fact, the longer the hair, the better. It was all the rage back then.
This photo is proof that the Victorian ladies had mega affinity with their hair so much so that they never cut it. But it does make us wonder, how did these women deal with bad hair days? These women must have really had terrible hair days. We certainly take our hats off to our Victorian ancestors – we’re guessing they couldn’t wait to take off their hats and show off their really long tresses.
No More Summer Bod Blues
There were definitely some perks to being a Victorian woman. You could have plenty of sun, sand, and waves without worrying about having the perfect beach bod. And judging from the photo, you could say these two early-20th-century women were having a blast at the beach – especially the one who’s being pulled about in the metal cart. The other is a million miles away, staring off into the distance.
While this photo was taken in 1905 and some years after the Victorian era ended, it still reflected the fashion of that period. Forget your two-piece bikini or flattering full-piece swimsuit, vintage Victorian bathing suits were just as you see in the photo – they covered the knees and necklines and weren’t in any sense revealing.
Now, our mobile camera booths are pretty neat. Not only are they convenient, but they’re automatic and come with plenty of features. But this photo shows that mobile photo booths are not something just available in our time but were also present in the Victorian period. Here we see a street photographer working in Clapham Common in London and snapping a Victorian family while they enjoy their day out and about.
This photo was added to the collection of the Victorian photographer, John Thompson. It’s not clear if the photographer in the image is the famed artist. Taken in about 1877, what we see is not only more archaic ways of photography but also that back then, mobile photo booths were a thing.
Even Street Music
Even when it came to playing music on the streets, the Victorians did things differently. The most obvious difference – as clearly demonstrated in this photo – is the choice of instrument. While we have plenty of ambitious street musicians, this Victorian musician is playing the harp – which happens to be the same height as him. Now, that’s ambition.
We definitely don’t see many contemporary street musicians playing the harp – and we understand why. What else is evident in this photo is that even if you’re playing your harp on the street to a small crowd, you better be kitted out for it. The harp player is looking sharp, but his only concern is clearly getting his harp to speak to the crowd.