1800s - Five Nightgown Ladies - or - Five Nightgown Men (You Decide)

Five older Victorian-era women, sitting on a bench wearing nightgowns and nightcaps.

 

I have no idea what's going on in this picture. Could it be from a sanitorium, hospital, or a poor house? A gaggle of Old Maids? Mormon wives? Mail order brides? Is this a Victorian cheesecake photo? Victorian Fight Club? Whatever this is, they don't seem to be completely happy about it.

 

They look pretty masculine, but back then, older women did tend to take on that look. I guess it could possibly be men dressed as women. Maybe it was some type of fraternity prank. Personally, I don't think so. Their hands look too feminine, and something about them just feels female to me.

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Taken on August 23, 2010