A collection of rare photographs shows a defiant display of female love in the 19th and 20th century.In the 1800s and early 1900s, homosexuality was deeply seen as taboo and anyone seen to be displaying same sex affection would be deeply frowned upon.
A new collection of photographs have been unearthed by News Dog Media and featured on Metro which provide us with a rare glimpse into Victorian and early-twentieth century females being open with their affection for one another.
In one of the photos, thought to be from 1910, two women are embracing one another. The photo came with a note which read ‘Aunty Mary and her “friend” Ruth’, suggesting their relationship may have been much more than friendly.
The collection of images show women in embracing and intimate positions and, despite the mindset of people around them during the era they were living in, shows an openness to expressing their relationship to one another.
In one photo, shown below, shows American actress Charlotte Cushman and British writer Matilda Hays. The photo is believed to be from 1858, showing the pair who were thought to have been in a relationship together for around ten years.
You can see the full collection of the photos on the Metro site.