Entertainment in 19th century

Imagine you are living in the 19th Century, without television and computers for entertainment. What sort of things might you do to have fun and be entertained?

Theater Halls were numerous and performances were regularly given by theater troupes, ventriloquists, hypnotists, poets, comedians, choirs and orchestras.

Circuses came to town and set up in parks and public places. There were fetes, carnivals, art exhibitions and lessons in singing, dancing and cooking to attend. Talks were given by visiting notables, scientists, preachers, and people who had been adventuring in different countries.

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Original caption: Photo shows people watching Daguerre's diorama.  Undated illustration. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS