This is a perfect example of why research is important and not to accept everything you see at face value. A recent post on an “authoritative page” stated that the photo shown was referred to as “‘Tu’penny upright’. For people who couldn’t afford a bed in Victorian times, you could hang on a rope for the night!”
An unfortunate error – A tuppenny upright is OE slang for sexual intercourse while standing upright with the prostitute against a wall for a tuppenny. (two cents)
A simple check shows the photo to be an example of a “two penny hangover.”
In London in some homeless shelters, a rope was placed in front of the bench. The client was allowed to sleep when he leaned on (or hung over) the rope during the night. He was not allowed to lie down flat on his back and sleep. The rope was cut at daybreak in order to encourage the clients to wake up early and leave.
b. twopenny upright, a prostitute. slang. 1958 L. DURRELL Balthazar ii. 41 A little old tart, button-eyed and razor-nosed – a tart of the Waterloo Bridge epoch, a veritable Tuppeny Upright. 1978 Maledicta II. 258 At the turn of the century, an Iowa woman was awarded $200 for being called a ‘whore’, while in England, at about the same time, a woman was denied any award for being called a ‘two-penny upright’.