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Visiting The Pyramids In 1800 and 1900, Dressed Accordingly

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Photo via Bettmann / Getty Images / Retronaut @ Mashable.com
Photo via Bettmann / Getty Images / Retronaut @ Mashable.com

Although it is now illegal to climb up the pyramids in Egypt, it wasn’t always so, and these shots from the mid-1800s and early 1900s are proof. And what charming proof, we say.

Not only wandering on top of centenary miracle stones was allowed, it was also what seems a chance to sport the best frocks and kitten heels and petticoats, depending on the century. Tourists of the time (and, we are sure, rich ones) are seen in these photos wearing outfits that look very different from the trekking attire we would be likely to wear today when exploring ancient ruins. Women sport flashing white gowns, or at least in light colors, in order to fight off the heat, helped by wide-brimmed hats. When shorter skirts became a thing in the 1920s, the happy picnickers were photographed wearing kitten heels, scarves around their heads and even bathing suits, in strong contrast with the traditional tunics of the locals.

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