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Secret Lesbians – 16 Romantic Photographs of Queer Women Couples from the Victorian Era

Check out these loving and joyful images of queer women from the Victorian Era.

Charlotte Cushman and Matilda Hays, a couple pictured from the 1850s.

Victorian Queer Women

“The Darned Club”, October 29, 1891. Alice Austen (left) and her three friends, Trudy Eccleston, Julia Marsh, and Sue Ripley at the Austen House gardens at Clear Comfort on Staten Island.

Victorian Queer Women

A couple from the 1890s.

Victorian Queer Women

Two African American women facing each other, ca. 1899.

Victorian Queer Women

Fellows. Cabinet Card ca. 1890.

Victorian Queer Women

A young couple seated in garden, ca. 1900s.

Victorian Queer Women

ca. 1900s

Victorian Queer Women

Anna Moor and Elsie Dale pose for a photograph in 1900.

Victorian Queer Women

Lily Elise and Adrienne Augarde, 1907.

Victorian Queer Women

It’s nice to see that taboos did not restrain real lovers to kiss and keep mementos, even if they kept those hidden…

Victorian Queer Women

Victorian Queer Women

Lesbians have always been around. Men used to like their prospective wives to be with one for a bit to get comfy with their bodies.

Victorian Queer Women

Isabella Grace and Florence Elizabeth on the Balcony of 5 Princes Gardens, London, ca. 1862.

Victorian Queer Women

Mount Holyoke students, circa 1887 A studio shot of Kitty Ely class of 1887 (left) and Helen Emory class of 1889.

Victorian Queer Women

Victorian Queer Women

Mary and her “friend” Ruth, 1910.

Victorian Queer Women