Strange hobbies: hobbies that were popular 150 years ago

• Strange hobbies: hobbies that were popular 150 years ago

Despite the feigned stiffness and puritanical upbringing, people in the Victorian era were able to do. That's just their hobbies modern man in the street may seem, to put it mildly, strange. In the XIX century we are touched stuffed animals, hair adorned themselves dead and were crazy about Ouija.

Strange hobbies: hobbies that were popular 150 years ago

Spiritualism

Strange hobbies: hobbies that were popular 150 years ago

The theme of death has been incredibly popular in the XIX century. In addition, people have been obsessed with spiritualism. They thronged to the sessions with the "flying" with tables and dolls wrapped in gauze. Mediums, in turn, actively "caused" souls of the dead.

Fern fever

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Dress and a fan with a print "fern".

One of the strangest hobbies people Victorian era was pteridomaniya (pteridomania) or Fern fever. In the period from 1850-1890-ies ferns addicted to it. It was fashionable to have these plants at home, and everywhere to sell clothes and household items depicting ferns. It has been studied not only men but also women. Perhaps for the fairer sex, it was just an excuse officially out of the house into the fresh air, but from morning to evening could argue about the unpronounceable Latin names ferns.

Taxidermy

Strange hobbies: hobbies that were popular 150 years ago

A stuffed bird on the cap.

Another, no less strange hobby of representatives of the Victorian era was taxidermy. Everyone wanted to have around the effigy of an animal. Ladies decorated their hats with feathers, not only real, but real birds (but dead). The most famous taxidermist Walter Potter was. He created a real museum with stuffed animals. The most visited exhibits were kittens in the form of the bride and groom.

Strange hobbies: hobbies that were popular 150 years ago

The composition of stuffed "Cat's wedding."

Postmortem photographs

Strange hobbies: hobbies that were popular 150 years ago

Photo of a woman with the dead child.

Strange hobbies: hobbies that were popular 150 years ago

From some pictures of the Victorian era literally goosebumps. In family images show the parents of the dead children. Posthumous photo was the only way to preserve the memory of the deceased person, so family immediately fled after confirming death is not the funeral home, and the photographer.

Ornaments made of hair of the dead

Strange hobbies: hobbies that were popular 150 years ago

Despite the fact that the hair used in the manufacture of jewelry in ancient Egypt, the people of the Victorian era loved to wear a similar product. But most often used for decoration of the dead hair. They are woven into bracelets, necklaces, rings in the memory of the native people.