Victorian time dating
I wanted to find out just how serious social norms were during the 19th century, so I picked up , a popular English manual that dates back to 1859.
After reading it through, I couldn't believe how compulsively detailed the expectations were.
Last shipment of convicts from England to Australia. First telephone directory issued in Britain (January 15). 1884—Third Reform Act, extending voting rights to agricultural workers.
1861—Death of Prince Albert of typhoid fever at age 42. 1862—Speke & Grant discover sources of the river Nile. Last public execution (May 26); public hangings stopped because caused crime among spectators. James’s Gazette begins publication (absorbed by the Evening Standard in 1905). New Zealand becomes first country to give women the right to vote. 1895—Founding of the London Promenade Concerts by Sir Henry Wood (October 6). Wilde’s The Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest . The Savoy ( 1897—Official opening of the Tate Gallery, founded by Sir Henry Tate (July 21).
There's no question that modern society expects everyone to have a general understanding of manners.
But back in Victorian times, the gravity of propriety went much deeper than knowing the proper etiquette for shaking hands or which fork to use during the dessert course.
If you’re hitting a brick wall when it comes to identifying family members in old photos from the Victorian era, you’re not alone. Manners dictated every faction of life to an almost laughable degree— from when it was acceptable to smoke to the protocol for sending out invitations.Oh, and by the way: it was illegal to celebrate a marriage after noon.The handbook later mentions that country affairs are distinct from those in-town.
In the latter scenario, to arrive an hour after the time on the invitation would be "an unwarrantable assumption of fashion." Fortunately, things loosened up near the end of the century, and weddings could be held as late as *gasp* 3 p.m.
Even the most seasoned family historian will run into this headscratcher from time to time as Victorian fashions throughout the time period can look very similar to the untrained eye. Every fashionable gentleman could be seen wearing narrowly tailored sack suits during the 1870s.