This era has a reputation for being dour, but these images tell another tale.
Far from the posed, dour faces we so often see, there is another side to the Victorians full of merry-making. However, without advances in camera and film technology, we would not have been able to see these smiling faces. These rare photos show them smiling, making jokes, and splashing on the beach much like anyone today. It seems conventions of the day weren’t quite as restrictive as we thought.