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.

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 - MMA  Date: ca. 1945 The suit featured here maintains the same form and construction of boy's suits from the nineteenth century, which includes interior buttons to attach the shirt to the short pants. At this time, there was no graduation from short pants to long pants as a coming of age, which was common practice in the early twentieth century. During the mid-twentieth century shorts were still an option for young boys to wear, although it was probably less common for a boy of this…

Suit - MMA Date: ca. 1945 The suit featured here maintains the same form and construction of boy's suits from the nineteenth century, which includes interior buttons to attach the shirt to the short pants. At this time, there was no graduation from short pants to long pants as a coming of age, which was common practice in the early twentieth century. During the mid-twentieth century shorts were still an option for young boys to wear, although it was probably less common for a boy of this…

Boy’s sailor suit worn with a white cotton cap (marked HMS VICTORY on the cap band), c. 1890

Boy’s sailor suit worn with a white cotton cap (marked HMS VICTORY on the cap band), c. 1890

This is a charming child's dress that would have been worn by a boy or a girl. Date: 1850–55 Culture: American Medium: wool, silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 19 in. (48.3 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of The Jason and Peggy Westerfield Collection, 1969

This is a charming child's dress that would have been worn by a boy or a girl. Date: 1850–55 Culture: American Medium: wool, silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 19 in. (48.3 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of The Jason and Peggy Westerfield Collection, 1969

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

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

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

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