Fascinating Victorian Traditions We Can't Believe Existed

By Sophia Maddox | April 19, 2024

Victoria's Curry

The Victorian era was a time of contrarian ideals: They covered themselves completely but fetishized the female figure, they were obsessed with cleanliness but practically lived in a sewer, and they prized marriage and family above all things but sold their wives at auction. It's possible that the Victorians couldn't see the forest for the trees, but maybe they were just a generation full of weirdos.

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(National Portrait Gallery/Wikimedia Commons)

The Queen Victorian herself took that Victorian hospitality to a whole new level. She ordered her cooks to prepare curry every day, even though she hated all spicy foods. Why? In case a "visiting oriental" stopped by. Such benevolence.

Visiting Hours

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Today, the standard "wyd?" text is the only requirement to arrange an impromptu hangout, but that wasn't the case for Victorians. Ladies were expected to be ready to host visitors from three to six in the afternoon, with any time after reserved for very close friends and relatives, and anyone else who showed up outside those times was considered a serious jerk.