Thanks in large part to cinema, the misconception that the lives of aristocrats of the past were a fairy tale has taken root in our minds. Luxurious toilets, grand balls and gallant gentlemen – it would seem that what else is needed for happiness? However, the everyday life of even noble ladies of antiquity is difficult to call carefree.
We are in AdMe.ru decided to find out if the 19th century was as wonderful as it is portrayed in our favorite movies, and found out some spicy facts about the lives of women of the century before last.
- In the nineteenth century, no lady left home without vinegar – a small box with a sponge soaked in perfume, essential oils or vinegar. With the help of a “reviving” bottle, bad odors were masked, as well as the feelings of gentle young ladies, who due to their sensitivity could faint at the slightest opportunity or lose consciousness due to too tightly laced corset.
- Vinegar stored in ridicules or attached to a chain belt – shuttle. The boxes were made of silver and gold, decorated with carvings and precious stones.
- In the Regency era, ladies did not wear panties. Despite the fact that pants already existed then, they were prerogative men. But young ladies from the upper classes danced at balls without any underwear.
- The first briefs, more like loose shorts with a slit in the crotch area, appeared only in 1806, and came into use in 1820.
- They wore a shirt, a shortened corset, stockings, and a petticoat under light dresses resembling antique tunics. Linen and cotton shirts prevented expensive outfits from contaminating by absorbing sweat and excess sebum.
- And the lower skirts protected the hem of the dresses from dirt. Walking down the street, girls raised outfit, and all the spray fell on the layer beneath it. Washing was expensive and time consuming, so only laundry was washed.
- In addition, underwear did not allow to shine through the finest materials such as muslin and lawn, from which the bulk of the toilets were sewn.
- But some women specially wet their skirts with water to emphasize the curves of the body with wet fabric. This practice was very rare, and the reputation of these ladies was due to their courage.
- In the Victorian era, a pregnant woman was a spectacle that immensely offended public morals. Therefore, to avoid oblique glances of the lady carefully hid growing belly from strangers with the help of special corsets with lacing on the sides, allowing you to adjust the tightness of the girth as needed.
- Bed rest was also prescribed during pregnancy. Therefore, another reason for concealing the interesting situation was the reluctance of the ladies to give up secular outings, even for a few months.
- There was a special attitude to menstruation. Doctors advised women to rest these days. And not only the body, but also the mind. Any stress, and especially mental, according to doctors, was associated with the risk of disease and even infertility. Recommended to release from the study of teenage girls, so as not to harm their health. Also, they were not allowed to swim these days to protect against hypothermia.
- But not all ladies could afford the luxury of lying idle for a couple of days, so many continued to do household chores contrary to the recommendations.
- Some doctors considered menstruation as a dangerous disease that in uncontrolled flow could lead to insanity. Therefore, women were often prescribed sedatives.
- It was believed that the house was the only safe place for a woman. Etiquette forbade the ladies went out “on business” alone, they were accompanied everywhere and everywhere by companions.
Also, etiquette did not allow them to linger outside the house, walk the city streets for a long time, talk to anyone and even look in store windows.
- And since the shopping staff was usually engaged in shopping, many housewives dreamed of just looking in the store and overstocking. This continued until the first department stores appeared on the market, providing the fair sex with a socially acceptable and safe place to shop.
- The new stores were mostly staffed by women. And the prices were fixed so that women did not have to bargain.
Which of the following facts about life in the 19th century did you find most interesting?