I don’t think she’s pregnant

Today we have an anonymous CdV from the “bunch of old photos” off ebay. This couple looks to be in their 40s, middle class family. The woman has a distinctly protruding stomach, but I don’t think she is pregnant. The reason I don’t is that during the Victorian era, morality was so strongly upheld that pregnancy wasn’t even discussed in mixed company because it reminded people about the process of becoming pregnant in the first place. Images of Victorian  pregnant women are virtually nonexistent. While it certainly is possible that she is pregnant, I’m thinking she isn’t.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Far Side of Fifty Photos
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 19:46:25

    Oh my..no I think she is plump..and the handkerchief is too small to distract from it.. it would not have been proper to have a photo taken when you were in a family way..:)

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  2. Wanda B. Victorian
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 18:40:05

    Looks like she may have given up on corsetting herself too. And after a few children and decades of corset wear she likely had very little abs to pull that puppy in.

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