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Maids 1864 - This is an exquisite photo of two young girls in service in England in 1864. See website for many additional articles on Victorian life.

Maids 1864 - This is an exquisite photo of two young girls in service in England in 1864. See website for many additional articles on Victorian life.

Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.

Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.

Here is a rare look at a group of house servants, circa 1880-90. Each gal is holding something to do with her occupation. On the far left is a cleaning maid with her broom and dustpan. Next is a young girl holding what looks like a cup and saucer. In the center is a lovely cook with her rolling pin and bakery pans. Next is a very young girl holding either a pudding or small cake. Finally, we see a girl holding a rather mysterious object (a shoe? a sugarloaf?). Fascinating!

House Servants Photograph

Here is a rare look at a group of house servants, circa 1880-90. Each gal is holding something to do with her occupation. On the far left is a cleaning maid with her broom and dustpan. Next is a young girl holding what looks like a cup and saucer. In the center is a lovely cook with her rolling pin and bakery pans. Next is a very young girl holding either a pudding or small cake. Finally, we see a girl holding a rather mysterious object (a shoe? a sugarloaf?). Fascinating!

Visible in stone: women's history through the buildings they lived and worked in

Visible in stone: women's history through the buildings they lived and worked in

Market Court, Kensington High Street, London typifies the squalor of many of the slum courtyards of urban Victorian England

Edwardian woman

Edwardian street style: Astonishing amateur images which capture the fashion of women in London and Paris over a century ago

Street Advertising. From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith.

Street Advertising. From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith.

Gentlemen in Queen Victoria Street 1897, London.  My great grandfather was listed as Gentleman on christening record but only travelling salesman on the Birth certificate.

Gentlemen in Queen Victoria Street 1897, London. My great grandfather was listed as Gentleman on christening record but only travelling salesman on the Birth certificate.

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