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The truth about Victorian spanking porn

I was browsing the happytails forum today, when I came across the following statement:

There probably was spanking erotica in 1860, but it’d have been some Victorian gentleman spanking a woman in a corset, and (considering that photography was in its infancy) probably would have been a drawing.

Funnily enough, before reading this I’d already brought home a book full of Victorian spanking erotica and was intending to post some of it for you. The earliest spanking photos in the collection are from 1885, but there are hundreds of examples of erotic and nude photography dating from 1855, most of which display softly curved bellies, deadpan expressions, and great tufts of pubic hair. Petticoats aplenty, but surprisingly, not so many corsets.

And by 1885, spanking photos appear to have been pretty common: mostly showing F/f spanking with both participants nude, but sometimes also including men, as in these two birching images:

The first one is a rather implausible position for whipping someone (if he’s aiming for her back, her hair’s in the way) but perhaps she’s just been chastised, and the two of them are now bringing their desires to their natural conclusion? Or maybe the pose is intended to demonstrate the couple’s habitual domestic practice: birch-wielding man, happy woman (seems fair enough to me).

It does also seem as if stripy socks have been a staple of spanking porn since its very inception. Fantastic! I’ve been wearing them for ages anyway, but now it turns out that by doing so I’m continuing a grand and noble tradition :)

I’ve got tonnes more of these retro spanking pics, including some lovely neoClassical slavegirl whippings, and a fantastic school scene, so expect to see more soon. In the meantime, if you like this sort of thing, take a look at Vintage Spanking Photos, who offer daily picture posts of kinky retro pinups.

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8 Responses to “The truth about Victorian spanking porn”

  1. Peter says:

    In the days before photography, there was the fine art of getting flagellant correspondence into vanilla magazines. I’ve been collecting the originals for a while, using pointers in Gibson’s excellent book “English Vice”. Fiona Locke quoted some examples from my collection in the best-selling Over the Knee. Here’s one of my favourites, from “The Queen” in 1866:

    “As I am writing anonymously, I have no objection to informing AFW that at a great many ladies’ borading schools the birch is very extensively used. I was myself for four years at a strict boarding school in Bath, until I was seventeen, and for certain offences we were most severely whipped by the mistress, but privately in her own room.”

    Sometimes imagination is more powerful than pictures…

    Peter
    http://www.englishvice.net

  2. Mistress160 says:

    Thanks so much for this post, I’ll look forward to future pix!

  3. Pandora says:

    Thanks for the quotation, Peter – I very much enjoyed Fiona’s comments in OTK, particularly the analysis of how the accounts were eroticised/sensationalised by the writers.

    That last sentence is spellbinding, isn’t it? I always find text more instantly erotic than images, but images are my trade: my aesthetic appreciation operates on a number of layers :)

    Mistress – you’re welcome! I’m glad people share my taste for vintage erotica. So much of it is startlingly modern.

  4. Mistress160 says:

    Absolutely, it can indeed be startling modern … I am always amused by people who simply have no idea of the wonders they are missing! Ah well, more for us!

    Ms160
    (Museum Curator as well as Mistress!)
    http://www.Mistress160.blogspot.com

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