This concert hall has been a long-standing monument central to British entertainment. This iconic theater has hosted everyone from Adele to Eric Clapton and famous figures like Albert Einstein and Muhammed Ali have passed through its doors. But did you know that this hall was constructed in 1867 and was opened in 1871 during the Victorian Era? Did you also know that Queen Victoria personally opened it in 1871?
Interestingly, the original name for the hall was “The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences” but after Prince Albert’s passing, Queen Victoria had it dedicated to him. And thanks to this hall’s longevity and feature of British entertainment, we’re unlikely to forget Prince Albert any time soon.
Even the Victorians needed to be entertained. And here we have a photo of a star from that era. This photo is of the English actress, Dorothy Frostick. The English actress’s career started as a child when she took up singing, dancing, and performing on stage. In 1901, Frostick made her debut appearance starring in the production, “Bluebell in Fairyland,” at the Vaudeville Theatre in London.
Throughout the early 20th century, Frostick performed in various productions in Great Britain including a production at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. This photo was taken of the actress as her career was starting off, but it gives us an idea of what entertainment looked like back then.
Children in a Meadow
Here were see children in typical Victorian fashion in a meadow in Keswick, Cumbria. From their sense of fashion, which is unmistakably Victorian, these children are as Victorian as they come. Girls were expected to wear hats when leaving the house. Even though the girls in the meadow are young, they followed this custom. The fashion for girls in those times was full-length dresses, long sleeves, and no exposing necklines.
While V-necks or round-necks are somewhat conservative by today’s standards, you wouldn’t see a Victorian woman showing even an inch of her neck. As we can tell from this photo, even a day out in a meadow meant wearing a hat, a full-length dress (or one almost as long), and not showing wrists or necks.
Men in Highland Dress in Front of the Forth Bridge Scotland
You can definitely say that they don’t make them like they used to. This photo captures a rare moment as three men in Highland dress are standing in front of the Forth Bridge. What is impressive about this photo is that it shows the Forth Bridge in a photo of the 19th century. The Bridge, which now, spans the Forth Estuary in Scotland was completed in 1890 – and it’s still going strong.
Cantilever bridges were common in Victorian times, but now they’re not only valued for their function but their aesthetics. Though the Forth Bridge is currently protected for its historical value, this photo shows that it wasn’t always historical but just part of daily Victorian life – and a great hang-out spot for three men in their highland gear.
Toy Shopping – Retro Style
And when we say retro style, we’re not kidding. Here is a photo of children shopping during the Edwardian or Victorian period. These two cute kids are dazzled by the toys on sale which include money boxes, dolls, tea sets, and cookie tins. They might not seem that impressive by today’s standards, but these two kids were clearly sold by the toys in this store.
We’re not exactly sure when this photo was taken, possibly in the 1890s. The coins display Queen Victoria on them, suggesting that the photo was taken during her reign. What’s more, this is a glass negative photo used from the 1870s to 1920s so it's more than possible that this image is a relic from the Queen’s time.