When you think of the Victorian era you probably picture a period full of polite country dances and sad little orphans. But have you ever wondered what life was truly like back in those days? From 1837 until her death in 1901, Queen Victoria was the Queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Her 63-year reign was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire and there was a well-educated middle class in the country.
When Queen Victoria died in 1901, King Edward VII came to power and so began the Edwardian era. During that period, the British Empire was at its peak in terms of power and development, which dramatically reinforced the differences between social classes. You could say it was a special time, one where you could easily tell from people’s homes to which class they belonged. But how obvious was it? Have a look at these 30+ fascinating vintage photos that show people in their parlors over 100 years ago.