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10 Stunning Photos of Black Women from the Victorian Era

Avatar • Apr 11, 2015

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Amazing what wonders surface on the internet. Recently we came across these incredible images of women of color from the Victorian era (mainly from 1860 to 1901) on Downtown LA life. Not much is known about the gorgeous women pictured outside of the time period. However, that doesn’t stop us from appreciating them! Check out some of our favorite photos of the timeless beauties below:

Sunday’s Best

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Dress Game Proper

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The hat steez is amazing!

Stepping out in Sequins

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These two classy ladies have set the standard so high

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When the whole clique is on point!

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Before Lupita N’yongo, this darling captured our hearts

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When your great great great great grandma takes better instagram photos than you

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Detailed down to the umbrella. Sky is the limit here.

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Have you encountered any under the radar historical photos of women of color? 

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Cosita
Cosita
5 years ago

I adore the hats these lovely ladies are wearing. I have lots of old family photos. My mom’s side of the family has always been into picture taking. I have pictures of five of my great great grandparents and of tons of other relatives. Some as children, teens, young adults.. Most of them they are dolled up but some are just every day pictures of them in work clothes. They owned their own farms and my great grandfather also had a butcher shop. I do have one photo I love of my great grandmother’s sister dressed as a flapper. I… Read more »

uh?
uh?
5 years ago

Neither did I..

Shak75
5 years ago

I noticed her too and I sure did just say to myself ‘I’m gonna try that hairstyle this week!’

Ms Parker
Ms Parker
5 years ago
Reply to  Shak75

Her name is Frances Parker Wilson. She is my grandmother. They are all sisters from Pearl River County, MS. 🙂

TaraLake
TaraLake
5 years ago
Reply to  Ms Parker

Ms. Parker, I’d be interested in chatting with you about this photograph for a project. Would it be possible to chat with you? Is there a social media handle I can reach you at? Thanks -
http://www.TaraLake.com, AfroSouthern (at) gmail (dot) com.

HisMercy
HisMercy
5 years ago

I think that Lupita looks a bit like that woman…that’s why (I think)

Ms Parker
Ms Parker
5 years ago

Her name is Frances Parker Wilson. She is my grandmother. They are all sisters from Pearl River County, MS.

via
via
5 years ago
Reply to  Ms Parker

Wow! They’re ALL sisters? Did they have any brothers?

KeepitOneHunnid:)
KeepitOneHunnid:)
5 years ago
Reply to  Ms Parker

wow!!! cool tidbit!!!

Cosita
Cosita
5 years ago

Their clothing was better quality too. Part of the reason the mass produced stuff gets thrown away often is it’s not built to last. after so many washes it falls apart or shrinks or the color fades to crap. But I think that’s on purpose to keep us buying more often. I told myself unless it’s flip flops I’m not buying cheap shoes any more no matter how cute. The strap or heel or whatever always breaks within a few months if not sooner but when I buy from the department store my shoes last about two years. To me… Read more »

Akwele
Akwele
5 years ago

funny how she stands out. She looks rather mischivious.

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu
5 years ago

Neither did i

mralondon
mralondon
5 years ago

Stunning!! When I was in the states 14 years ago I came across a book which was a collection of AA children from the same era. I couldn’t resist buying it but i totally forgot that I had it until now. Going to have to dig it up.

Miatta Kangeecard
Miatta Kangeecard
5 years ago

Simply beautiful! When I look at those women not only do I see their external beauty but the beauty that comes from within. The strength and character to endure the hardships and injustices of their time and still stand tall. They both inspire and humble me. Thanks for this post!

KeepitOneHunnid:)
KeepitOneHunnid:)
5 years ago

this was beautiful!

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Susan
Susan
4 years ago

These women and their clothing all show Class. Class is a quality lacking in so many people, regardless of color, religion or economic status. Here’s thought: could there be a link between lack of class and our cheap, disposable clothing?

via
via
5 years ago

Omg! The lady in the 7th pic ( in the group of ladies, 2nd from the left) has such a nice hair style. I might wear that to school sometime! I’ve been looking for new hairstyles.

Ms Parker
Ms Parker
5 years ago
Reply to  via

Her name is Frances Parker. She is my Grandmother. They are all sisters from Pearl River County, MS. She was a lovely lady inside and out.

anastasia
anastasia
5 years ago

Awesome post!

lis
lis
5 years ago

Love this! Blacks, no matter the era, are never drip and drab are they…and they always prosper…The Arthur Schomberg research in Black culture library?, part of the ny public library system, has amazing photos also..they are online.

marie
marie
5 years ago

i didnt get the lupita nyongo reference

Ivie9ja
Ivie9ja
5 years ago

Awesome pics. Serious detailing in the clothing. A time before mass production had us throwing out clothes every season.

Larisa
Larisa
3 years ago

Drop dead GORGEOUS!!!!! Thank you for these!!!

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