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1917. This type of child's outfit was very popular in the early 20th century. At that time, every young lad of a certain social standing had to have one something like it. Although boys had previously worn long dresses, they were now wearing short pants known as knickers, which were easier to wear when learning to walk. White was particularly prized as a colour; it signified the purity of the soul.

Suit Saks Fifth Avenue (American, founded 1924) Date: ca. 1945 Culture: American Medium: wool, cotton

Sailor suitSailor suit Best & Co. (American, 1879–1969) Date: ca. 1897 Culture: American Medium: Wool, silk

One piece suit

One piece suit Place of origin: Scotland (made) Date: 1820-22 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Nankeen trimmed with cutwork embroidery

Boy's trousers, white cotton suit 1775-1790 Colonial Williamsburg Origin: England OL: 21 1/2" Inseam 13 1/2" Waist 21" adjusting to 22" if lacings loosened. White tabby cotton fully lined with white tabby linen. Acc. No. 1953-841,2