Ladies’ Self-Defense

I found these pictures on @HistoryNeedsYou's Twitter feed on December 27th, 2013. They depict ways in which Victorian and Edwardian women could ward off attackers. Enjoy.

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I'm not entirely sure what's happening here. I think she's leaning away from a punch, forcing her attacker to go on one leg so she can then kick him off balance. It just looks a bit like they're figure skating. Although I'm sure if she'd had skates on, it would be an even more effective move.

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If all else fails, pick your assailant's nose with your umbrella. Or, you know, just stick them with the pointy end.

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I'm also not sure what's happening here, but I love it.

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