Norwegian Fredrik Carl Mülertz Størmer is mostly famous for being a genius mathematician and astrophysicist who even has a theorem named after him. His accomplishments were so outstanding that he was named a knight in his country by the king of Norway. However, during his college years in 1890, the 19-year-old also enjoyed photography as a hobby and captured some photographs that are considered a historical treasure now.
With a camera hidden inside his vest, he caught pictures of Oslo’s unaware pedestrians.
He revealed what Victorian people really looked like every day.
No serious portrait faces here
Walking sticks weren’t just for the elderly.
That’s a peculiar hat.
Nice puffy sleeves, don’t miss the bicycle by the way.
Coats haven’t changed that much.
A man in a suit laying in a park
Corsets helped women to achieve a tiny waist, we can’t breathe just by looking at this one.
Is this the oldest cat on the internet?
Girls today would be like: “Don’t post that pic, I’m not even looking at the camera.”
You can even tell that they’re surprised Carl is approaching them on the streets.
Handsomeness in the 1890s
What books were they reading?
The guy is having fun, while the girl doesn’t know what to make of Carl.
Sailing with some drinks and food, don’t forget the basket!
Young dandies right here
Does anyone want to make this a thing again?
19th century laughter
You would’ve expected the streets to be dirty, but this looks pretty clean for a 19th century road.
Someone likes Carl.
Nice to meet you too, sir.
Men in uniform always look good, no matter what year it is.
Carl must’ve been funny.
Probably the happiest Victorian
BONUS: Carl’s selfie and camera