Victorian Trick Photography Was Really Weird

@Corbin5 (113394)
United States
June 4, 2018 11:53am CST
In the Victorian era, some photographers were quite skilled when it came to trick photography. For some strange reason, headless photos and floating images were hilarious to folks living in the 19th century. In their photos, 19th-century customers requested floating heads, heads held in the hands, heads on laps, or heads held by another person in the photo. To jazz those headless photos up a bit, customers liked to add some floating furniture, particular floating objects, and even a floating body belonging to another person. Combining multiple negatives was the method used to create headless-person, floating-people, and floating-object photos. Of course, those trick-photography photos in the 19th century would cost a person a few extra bucks, but I do believe the Victorian era was an era filled with a lot of joy. If those weird photos made those 19th-century humans chuckle a bit, good for them. Photo: By Charles William Allen c. 1818
Skip navigation Sign in Search Loading... Close Yeah, keep it Undo Close Watch QueueQueueWatch QueueQueue The next video is startingstop Loading... Watch Queue Queue __count__/__total__ Loading... Find out whyClose Stéphane Langlois Loading... Unsubscribe
21 people like this
26 responses
@Tampa_girl7 (25842)
• United States
4 Jun
What a bizarre form of entertainment.
4 people like this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
4 Jun
I think the 19th century was one long yawn, so I suppose they did weird things to make life a lot less boring.
2 people like this
@Tampa_girl7 (25842)
• United States
4 Jun
@Corbin5 it’s a bit creepy to me
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
4 Jun
@Tampa_girl7 Me too! There was one of a child holding his head that was a free-to-use photo, but just couldn't bring myself to use that one for this post.
@FayeHazel (19112)
• United States
4 Jun
Oh wow. They didn't have photoshop then so the photographer must have been quite skilled
4 people like this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
4 Jun
Yes, using multiple negatives produced those photos. Must have taken a long time to just get one photo completed.
1 person likes this
@FayeHazel (19112)
• United States
4 Jun
@Corbin5 I can't imagine. Fun to know people had sense of humor back then though
1 person likes this
@nela13 (7729)
• Portugal
4 Jun
Photographs had a lot of work to do that photos, some are creepy.
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
4 Jun
Yes, photos from that era really can be on the creepy side.
1 person likes this
@nela13 (7729)
• Portugal
5 Jun
@Corbin5 I have never understood people who likes morbid things.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
@nela13 Me neither. Life is hard enough with everyday happenings.
1 person likes this
@just4him (124348)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jun
Those were some great pictures.
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
Very clever thing to achieve for back in the day.
2 people like this
@just4him (124348)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Jun
@Corbin5 Yes, it was.
1 person likes this
@arunima25 (6674)
• Bangalore, India
5 Jun
Thanks for sharing!! With no technology advancements and photoshop, it would be a lot of effort, time and skill.
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
I think so too. So much time was needed to create photos like that.
1 person likes this
@arunima25 (6674)
• Bangalore, India
6 Jun
@Corbin5 And definitely the patience! Modern technology has taken that pleasure away
2 people like this
@Aquitaine24 (1337)
• San Jose, California
8 Aug
it looks like a great Halloween prop.Can't imagine photos like that being used for any official purposes,but it certainly is strange.
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
8 Aug
Yes, I suppose Victorian folks felt it quite humorous.
1 person likes this
@kepweng (17784)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
7 Jun
i got scared so photoshoped already existed a long time?
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
7 Jun
Well, no photoshop in the 19th century, so multiple negatives were used to create those headless photos.
@GardenGerty (101815)
• United States
5 Jun
Hmm. Makes you wonder if that is how they viewed the afterlife? Of course it compares pretty well to all of our crime dramas.
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
It sure is a creepy result for a photo. Maybe things were so awful in the 19th century, anything that was odd took people's minds off of their misery.
@amadeo (70720)
• United States
4 Jun
that is pretty creepy there
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
4 Jun
I think so too.
@sabtraversa (13330)
• Italy
4 Jun
Why the creepy music? Weren't the photos enough? People were into macabre stuff back then, for sure.
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
4 Jun
Oh yes, back then, things were just yucky. Why they were drawn to that type of stuff is beyond me.
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (40406)
4 Jun
I don't suppose there was much entertainment for people in those days. I mean - compare then to now.
2 people like this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
4 Jun
That is what I think. Things could get pretty glum in the 19th century, so a little humor was necessary. Yes, those photos are tame compared to the ones we see now.
1 person likes this
• Pamplona, Spain
5 Jun
Lots of talent there in the Victorian times. Not a photo I would make myself but its great to know that they could do great things. Thank you for sharing this one.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
You are welcome. It is nice to know that creativity was live and well during that time period.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
@lovinangelsinstead21 I have seen those. That really was such a morbid things to do, but I suppose it was of importance to them.
1 person likes this
• Pamplona, Spain
5 Jun
@Corbin5 I suppose we have to realize that they would have no other way of keeping a good memory of them in life itself. Its true its morbid but other things are much more morbid to me at least.
1 person likes this
@Juliaacv (32499)
• Canada
4 Jun
I don't see the fascination for these types of photos, but then again, I have more to occupy my "entertainment time" then they did back then.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
4 Jun
Yep, those poor folks probably led pretty drab lives, so a funny photo helped perk things up a bit.
1 person likes this
@Juliaacv (32499)
• Canada
4 Jun
@Corbin5 So boring in those days that they took to hoping in barrels and floating over the falls in the Niagara region.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
4 Jun
1 person likes this
@mlgen1037 (29634)
• Manila, Philippines
5 Jun
Hi Deborah. What can I say? They were creative during those days.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
There was not much to do for entertainment back then, and I suppose those photos were something new and different.
2 people like this
@mlgen1037 (29634)
• Manila, Philippines
6 Jun
@Corbin5 I agree with you, Deborah. But that was rather creepy for me but it worked for them during that time.
2 people like this
@alberello75 (18427)
• Genova, Italy
4 Jun
Obviously. at that time, no special effects. But the pictures were always macabre!
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
4 Jun
So true. Some very scary pictures came from that era.
2 people like this
@alberello75 (18427)
• Genova, Italy
5 Jun
@Corbin5 Exactly. Even today, they are impressive!
2 people like this
@dya80dya (4788)
• Romania
5 Jun
It's a strange picture.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
Rather creepy it is.
• Cape Town, South Africa
5 Jun
@Corbin5 Victorian Era photos will give me nightmare for days. So glad I hardly bother to explore them
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
I agree. Some of those photos from the 19th century are just too creepy for me.
@traceh (427)
• Cape Town, South Africa
5 Jun
Wow that is so creepy and In a way so clever of the photographers to figure out how it was done. now days it is so easy to changes images.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
I bet it took a long time for a photographer to create a photo like that.
5 Jun
I love these! Brilliant, and such skill!
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
I bet one of these would sell for big bucks.
@andriaperry (56590)
• United States
5 Jun
I love it! I would buy s few of those to hang for a chuckle today.
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (113394)
• United States
5 Jun
I will have to check to see if any are for sale, Perhaps they do sell for big bucks.