Seriously, how great are vintage photographs when people aren’t acting stiff and formal?! Sometime between 1863 and 1868 Sydney photographer Charles Percy Pickering took these absolutely informal images of drunkenness in five stages, played by one convincing fellow in his studio. It looks like someone won’t be remembering Friday night!
The series of photographs was possibly commissioned by a local temperance group of the time – a period corresponding closely with New South Wales’ Premier James Martin’s 1866 introduction of the Drunkard’s Punishment Bill.
Enjoy your sobriety as this fellow’s day quickly unravels: