These Were The 5 Stages Of Getting Drunk In Mid-19th Century… It Looked Much Funnier Back Then.

This is one of the greatest photo series I’ve ever seen. Titled Five Stages of Inebriation, the five-photo sequence was taken somewhere between 1863 – 1868 by Australian photographer Charles Percy Pickering.

The New South Wales State Library is now the photo series’ home and its website gives us some background:

Possibly commissioned by a local temperance group for educative purposes, the photographs may also have been used by an engraver for illustrations. The penultimate frame of the drunk in a wheelbarrow resembles S.T. Gill’s watercolour ‘Ease without Opulence’, 1863.

Here are the extraordinary photos.

These Were The 5 Stages Of Getting Drunk In Mid-19th Century... It Looked Much Funnier Back Then.

These Were The 5 Stages Of Getting Drunk In Mid-19th Century... It Looked Much Funnier Back Then.

These Were The 5 Stages Of Getting Drunk In Mid-19th Century... It Looked Much Funnier Back Then.

These Were The 5 Stages Of Getting Drunk In Mid-19th Century... It Looked Much Funnier Back Then.

These Were The 5 Stages Of Getting Drunk In Mid-19th Century... It Looked Much Funnier Back Then.

State Library of New South Wales.
Via Juxtapoz.

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