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Prostitution in Victorian England was legal & a part of everyday life for people from every class, ethnicity, & gender. The number of women prostituting during the Victorian Age was staggeringly high. Unless you had a husband to support you the life of the working class woman was considered a breeding ground for failure due to low wages & limited jobs for a woman (i.e, seamstress, governess, teacher). There were somewhere between 8,000 & 80,000 prostitutes in London during the Victorian Age.
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Burlesque-This form of music hall entertainment developed during the Victorian age as a direct response to the growing imposition of a stricter morality. Burlesque was meant to turn the world upside down by creating a mixture of satire, wit, music, and dance often with sexually suggestive overtones for a working class audience at the expense of upper class social values.

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Victorian circus performer

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The original Victorian music hall - House of Wolf still has the original front! (image via This Is Cabaret http://www.thisiscabaret.com/house-of-wolf-launches-howl-istic-menu-of-experimental-food-booze-and-shows/)

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This picture is of real Can-Can dancers at the Moulin Rouge in the 1890's.

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[Grand Cat Show poster - 1883] * * THIS HAD TO HAVE BEEN IN LONDON, WHERE THE FIRST CAT SHOW BEGAN BY A PROFESSOR AROUND THE SAME TIME PERIOD.

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Victorian lady baseball players from the team Polka Dot Nine, 1884. Cigerette advertising card.

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Community Post: Vintage Burlesque Photos From The 1890s

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Original 1890’s Muskegon, Michigan cabinet card

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Vintage Photo

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