I found these photos by the keen amateur photographer Edward Linley Sambourne, who was also the chief cartoonist for Punch magazine. They are early examples of candid street photography, using a hand-held camera. He was obviously interested in the fashions of the day, and as you can see, most women were still wearing corsets and very long dresses or skirts at the time.
A ‘modern’ young lady, stepping out. She appears to be full of confidence.
Described by the photographer as a ‘Common shop-girl’, this lady is reading a book as she walks along. Much like people looking at their phones today.
A ‘progressive’ lady walking with her bicycle. She would have been making something of a ‘statement’, in 1906.
This lady is carrying a ‘modern’ handbag. The forerunner of today’s familiar female handbags.
Another ‘handbag and book’ lady.
Two elegant friends walking together. They are also carrying books and…
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