Thursday, 12 February 2015

Victorian Ladies' Exercise

I've started writing a Steampunk adventure, during which my two heroines decide to take some healthy exercise while travelling on a barge up the Chinese Grand Canal.
Trouble was, I had no idea what they would be doing. I've never been a sporty person, apart from walking and archery - but Amelia and her Chinese friend Bic are definitely active, sporty types who are keen on keeping fit.
So I asked my Young Man, and instantly got the perfect response - club hurling, or Indian clubs. Even better, I found this picture:

My characters wouldn't be wearing a long skirt like that though - they'd be dressed more like these girls in a gym class in 1899:

That should scandalise the locals!

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