The Scold's Bridle, a British invention, possibly originating in Scotland, used between the 16th and 19th Century. It was a device used to control, humiliate and punish gossiping, troublesome women by effectively gagging them. Scold comes from the 'common scold': a public nuisance, more often than not women, who habitually gossiped and quarrelled with their neighbours, while the name bridle describes the part that fitted into the mouth.
~the evils men do...At the young age of 11, Ellen was ordered to do 7 days hard labour after being convicted of stealing iron when caught with Mary Catherine Docherty, Rosanna Watson and Mary Hinnigan. Age (on discharge): 11 Height: 4.3 Hair: Red Eyes: Dark Blue Place of Birth: Durham Status: Single These photographs are of convicted criminals in Newcastle between 1871 - 1873.
The haunting portrait of an Armenia woman with tattoos on her face, indicates that she was ‘owned’ by someone as a forced wife and sex-slave during the years of the Armenian Genocide. "Grandma’s Tattoos" unveils the story of the Armenian women driven out of Ottoman Turkey during the First World War-Armenian Genocide.
A 'hidden mother' photograph. In the Victorian Era, women holding infants were often covered because the photograph is meant to be cropped and framed to show only the infant. The original photograph is creepy. Passport photos of infants are still taken this way in some countries.
This image is powerful, mysterious and fairly unique amongst Victorian photographs, wherein it's uncommon to see strong displays of emotion. Here though, we instantly view two women (from the 1880s) who appear to be crying, while simultaneously resting a hand on their abdomens. #Victorian #portrait #women #crying #sad #1880s #1800s #vintage #19th_century