18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

Prudent Britons in the reign of Queen Victoria seem to be an example of merit and virtue. It is difficult to imagine, but the British women of those years wore pantaloons with a hole in the most interesting place, and reputable doctors relieved them of hysteria with the help of a thorough massage ... of the clitoris. Rotten food and canned food with arsenic, dead children in the photo, the queen glutton, and other strange and nasty facts about the Victorian era.

Doctors of that era treated hysteria in women with the help of masturbation

In those days, female “hysteria” (ie, anxiety, irritability, nervousness, and other similar symptoms) was considered a serious problem. But the doctors discovered that these symptoms can be temporarily got rid of with the help of “finger massage in the intimate zone”, which, if done correctly, will cause “hysterical paroxysm”.

18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

Women's underwear was open in the crotch area

The Victorian pantaloons were cut into two, as it were, the halves for each leg were tailored separately and joined together with ties or buttons at the waist and on the back. Thus, the step seam (i.e.perineum) was open, which could be very convenient in certain cases, which we, being very well-bred, will not mention.

Menstruation at the time was just a bloody nightmare

Many historians believe that due to the lack of special hygiene products at that time and the fact that women's clothing consisted of many layers of fabric, most women did not do anything during their menstruation and allowed bleeding to flow freely and sink into their petticoats. Other solutions to the delicate problem were to use cloth diapers, which were fastened with a belt, or sheep's wool, which was glued to the vulva lard. Thank God, modern women have pads and tampons.

In this era, women were very hairy ... everywhere!

In the Victorian era did not exist such useful items as a safety razor. And although they had already invented compositions for depilation, they were very toxic and were used only to remove hair from the face and hands. So the armpits, legs and intimate area were terribly overgrown. But given that they were all hidden under several layers of clothing, it didn't matter.

The Thames was so full of feces, garbage and dead animals that you could walk on it

By 1860, about a thousand tons of faeces were dumped daily into the Thames, as there was simply no other wastewater storage. And at the same time the river was the main source of drinking water for residents of London. People died like flies from dysentery, cholera and typhoid, believing that dirty air was to blame. Oh, how wrong they were!

The streets of the cities in those days were no less disgusting

In a written certificate in 1891 for the authorship of Lady Harberton indicated that during the short walk in London the hem of her long dress gathered: two cigar butts, nine cigarettes, a piece of pig pie, four toothpicks, two studs, a slice of cat food, half the sole of a shoe , tile tobacco (chewed), straw, dirt, pieces of paper and God knows what else.

18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

In the 60s of the XIX century, the crinolines became so wide that women were stuck in the doorway

The "Epoch of Crinols" lasted from 1850 to 1870. At that time, the basis of the women's toilet was a domed skirt, the shape of which was given by numerous petticoats. Sometimes the lady in such a dress really could not squeeze through the door.And it was also possible to inadvertently touch a candle and topple it onto oneself, and this is already really dangerous for life. The satirical magazine “Punch” even advised husbands to purchase insurance for their wives in case of a fire due to crinolines. So this fashion trend did not last long.

18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

Often the food was spoiled or simply of poor quality.

Before the invention of pasteurization, milk could be a source of tuberculosis. It was impossible to rely on the safety of products, especially those purchased in large cities. Unscrupulous traders sold rotten meat mixed with fat from fresh carcass; bakers added alum and chalk to the dough to make the bread look whiter. Arsenic was added to pickled cucumbers and other canned foods to improve the taste and make it brighter. Well, and kill the buyer.

Queen Victoria made the cooks cook a curry vat every day, although she herself could not stand

Victoria could not tolerate spicy food, but being the ruler of India, she insisted on daily curry cooking - just in case “eastern people” would come to visit her.

18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

But Victoria ate another meal at the speed of light.

As a child, Victoria was brought up in great severity and was not allowed to eat much, so when she became the queen, she did everything to catch up. She ate a lot and at an incredible speed, which was a problem for her guests - after all, according to etiquette, they had to finish each dish immediately, as the queen would finish eating it (even if they had time to bite off only a slice). In general, by today's standards, Queen Victoria was a rather obese woman.

Toothpaste made from coal and honey

In one journal of the time, a recipe for “toothpaste” was published, stating that carbon powder and honey form an excellent means for cleaning the teeth. Coal? Maybe. But honey? No, it is hardly useful for teeth.

Women made masks from raw meat

A certain author of beauty tips recommended to readers: “Every night make a mask using thin slices of raw beef, which, as they say, protects the skin from wrinkles and gives it freshness.” Of course, if your dog does not gnaw your face in a dream.

18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

In the 1870s, the star of the London and Liverpool panopticians was a “boy with a dog muzzle” from Russia

This Russian boy was named Fyodor Evtikhiev, and he suffered from hypertrichosis. Fedor and his father Adrian were presented to the public as "the two greatest wonders of our time." Their faces were covered with hair, which made them look like sky-terrier breed dogs. Subsequently, Andrian died from complications caused by alcoholism, but Fyodor continued to “delight people” for many more years.

The boys in their childhood wore dresses - until it was time to go to school

In wealthy families, small children, regardless of gender, were usually dressed in white, elegantly decorated dresses with frills and lace. And bonnets with ribbons, too, were the same in both girls and boys.

In rich homes for some reason, they loved to eat roast calf ears.

In the Victorian era, when gluttony coexisted with incredible frugality, not a single piece of edible was lost in vain. For example, they cooked whole calf heads for dinner, and brains were cooked as a separate dish: they looked like pink lumps floating in an oil sauce. Calf ears were shaved, boiled, and then fried in boiling oil. A kind of feast in the style of Hannibal Lecter.

18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

Charles Darwin was very fond of dishes from exotic animals.

Darwin not only studied rare animals, but also loved to feast on them. He joined the Cambridge Club of Gluttoners, whose members ate unusual dishes from hawks, squirrels, larvae and owls. And while traveling, the scientist tasted iguana, giant tortoise, armadillo, and puma.

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    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era

    18 strange and disgusting facts about Britain Victorian era