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Occupational photograph of Victorian match girls, ca. 1888. These girls worked in terrible conditions, for 14 hours a day, and received very little pay for their work. The phosphorous used in making matches caused hair and teeth loss, yellowing of the skin, and "phossy jaw", a type of facial bone cancer.

Shared comment: Victorian match girls 1888 worked in terrible conditions, 14 hours a day for very little wages. Phosphorous used in making matches caused hair and teeth loss, yellowing of skin and phossy jaw, a type of facial bone cancer.

London, Match Seller, Greenwich 1884

Match Seller, Greenwich London victorian era london was a very harsh environment for young children living in poverty

Women and girls working with textiles in a Victorian factory. Mills employed both women and girls as cheap labour. The 19th Century Factory Reform Acts improved conditions for women as well as for children.

Women and girls working with textiles in a Victorian factory. Mills employed both women and girls as cheap labour. The Century Factory Reform Acts improved conditions for women as well as for children.

Sunshine through Sorrow. Coal miner's daughter, Yorkshire, UK, 1952, by Carl Mydans

+~+~ Vintage Photograph ~+~+ Sunshine through Sorrow. Coal miner's daughter, Yorkshire, UK, by Carl Mydans.

Maids 1864 - This is an exquisite photo of two young girls in service in England in 1864.

Maids 1864 - This is an exquisite photo of two young girls in service in England in See website for many additional articles on Victorian life.

John Clem aka "Johnny Shiloh" - American Civil War - the youngest noncommissioned officer in Army history. #history

Newark, Ohio native Johnny Clem was a United States Army general who served as a drummer boy in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He gained fame for his bravery on the battlefield, becoming the youngest noncommissioned officer in Army history.

Fanny and Stella, the pioneer transvestites who fought Victorian anti-gay laws

Fanny and Stella, the pioneer transvestites who fought Victorian anti-gay laws

Ernest Boulton & Frederick William Park, 2 noted Victorian cross dressers, 1871 London. - There is a very good book 'Fanny & Stella' by Neil McKenna on the lives and show trial of these two people.

Children sleeping in Mulberry Street (1890)

NYC muckraker jacob riis, children sleeping in mulberry street 1890

2 adorable Victorian girls playing with their dolls. Again, a studio photograph with a painted backdrop. No idea of  date for this image but probably post-1850

23 Charming Photos That Prove The Victorian Era Had The Best Fashion

Household servant at Shibden Hall photographed about 1860 © West Yorkshire Archive Service

Household servant at Shibden Hall photographed about 1860 © West Yorkshire Archive Service

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