1800s Portraits Of Men Embracing Each Other
These 1800s portraits of men embracing each other are a whole lot more intimate that one would imagine for photographs taken during the Victorian era. While there’s nothing shocking to the eye based on today’s standards, you can only imagine the reactions these photos got back then.
The interesting part is that the men in these pictures seem to have no problem with these portraits showing brotherly love, in some very controversial positions, like holding hands and draping their legs over each other.
In 2008, Columbia University librarian Herbert Mitchell passed away and his entire collection of vintage objects went into the custody of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Herbert Mitchel collected anything old, from newspapers, to wallpaper and plumbing supplies, and of course, old photographs of… well, everything.
These portraits were shot between c. 1850 and 1890, and give us a real glimpse of how men behaved when they were left alone, without judgement and comments from the public eye. They were basically posing as themselves, and nobody found that to be weird. However, most certainly, that is not the way they would have walked around in public back then.
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Can you even imagine the consequences of embracing other men like this in public back in the 1800’s?