These are the rare and eye-opening photographs of London milk women in the 19th century – which would never have existed if it were not for one obsessed Victorian diarist. The remarkable images of weather-beaten milk maidens all date from 1872 and were collected by Arthur Munby. Little is known or recorded about the working life of milk women in Victorian London, which makes Munby’s photographs all the more extraordinary. Munby, was fanatical about working women in Victorian Britain and documented women miners and fisher girls amongst other professions. But it was in London where Munby spent most of his time and would wander the streets looking for working class females – particularly milk maidens – who he would approach to ask the details of their lives. Two women, both of whom worked for Stoat’s Dairy in Marylebone, are pictured in 1872 standing next to their milk cans which they would carry through the streets on their shoulder yokes Such was his passion he had nicknames for the different milk women he saw on the streets of Mayfair, Marylebone and Kensington. One woman, whose real name was Kate O’Cagney, he nicknamed the Queen Kitty. He wrote of her in 1861:… Read full this story
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