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.


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.


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

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

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