Naughty but Nice

 The Victorian Lady Undressed in Stereoscopic Views


Antique Photograph

 

Stereoscopic, or 3D photography, was popular from the 1850s to the 1930s.  In the late 19th century stereoviews, or stereograph cards, had a wide and varied subject matter. Themes ranged from scientific to picturesque, from historical to humorous, and from risqué to refined.  Displayed are images from a collection of stereograph cards by photographer William Rau that depict a "naughty" but humorous side of the late Victorian era.

 
Antique Photograph: THE MANICURE
Antique Photograph:  THE MANICURE
Presko Binocular Co., Copyrighted 1900,  by William H. Rau
 
Antique Photograph: A Dainty Toilet
Antique Photograph:  A Dainty Toilet
Berry, Kelly & Chadwick, Copyrighted 1900, by William H. Rau
 
Antique Photograph: PICTURESQUE LOVELINESS
Antique Photograph:  PICTURESQUE LOVELINESS
Berry, Kelly & Chadwick, Copyrighted 1897, by William H. Rau
 
Antique Photograph: SLIPPERS. "AFTER THE OPERA"
Antique Photograph:  SLIPPERS. "AFTER THE OPERA"
Berry, Kelly & Chadwick, Copyrighted 1900, by William H. Rau
 
Antique Photograph: DROPPING THE SKIRT. "AFTER THE OPERA"
Antique Photograph:  DROPPING THE SKIRT. "AFTER THE OPERA"
Berry, Kelly & Chadwick, Copyrighted 1900, by William H. Rau
 
Antique Photograph: BALLET GIRLS HAVING A GOOD TIME
Antique Photograph:  BALLET GIRLS HAVING A GOOD TIME
E. W. Kelly Publishers, Copyrighted 1900, by William H. Rau