You’ve heard the adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and you know that it holds true to a lot of different things we come across every single day in life.
You can always say it when someone asks your opinion about a person, a car, a movie, a house, a wristwatch, a phone, a pair of shoes, and just about everything else, especially when you don’t seem to agree with the opinions of others about the aesthetic aspect of something.
The adage dates back to 3rd century Greek with several different variations in various literary works. One of the earliest records of its current modern form familiar to us all today appeared in 1878 novel titled “Molly Bawn” written by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (The Duchess).
It was just about the middle of Victorian Era, and apparently the adage also applies to some old photographs captured during the same time period.
We understand there was no modern camera back then, let alone post-editing.
We can only imagine that a simple thing like “posing” for a photo shoot was not really a big deal either.
People of those era had many other more important things in their mind of course, so posing would the last thing they had to worry about. That probably was the reason why these Victorian portraits of kids look eerie by today’s standards.
Here are 10 eerie victorian portraits of kids.
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You may think that Halloween started in the US, but that is incorrect. The true origin of Halloween can be traced back to the Celts, who long ago lived across the lands now known as Britain.
Judging from the photo here, it did appear that children (and perhaps adults as well) took the festival quite seriously and therefore they tried to look as unpleasant and scary as possible.
They believed that on the night of October 31 every year, the dead would return from the grave and visit the mortal world. Large bonfires were lit in villages to ward off all evil spirits that might be at large during the night.
In addition to making massive bonfire for lighting, people also thought to disguise themselves as ghosts. Because children would be easy targets, many of them wore seriously creepy costumes.
In the Victorian era, Halloween was no time for sexy bunny or dressing-up like comic characters; you had to appear like the dead to be on the safe side, at least until the night passed. They had pumpkins, but they managed to carve something frighteningly eerie out of the otherwise innocent fruits.