Saturday, November 28, 2009

Skating Party

Skating party
Originally uploaded by Mary L. Simonsen
Other than walking and riding, there were few outdoor activities that a woman could do in Regency England, but ice skating was one of them. Although this picture shows only the two dandies skating while their female companions look on, women did skate, often on the arm of their suitor. Obviously, the two men in this picture are trying to impress the ladies. They are in their best clothes, and they must have been freezing!

1 comment:

  1. It's good to know men never change. I witnessed a very similar scene this past summer. Instead of wearing their best, these young men were flexing their bared torsos while, with a strong dose of bravado, repeatedly enduring a natural water slide. Unfortunately their ladies were not impressed, the boys' shirtless states not only providing ample opportunity to view their figures but also exposing the angry scratches that covered their backs. They claimed it didn't hurt.