The Baby Armani of 1903. These little boys are in variations of ‘sailor suits’ with optional doily dicky/cravat work, and what looks like broderie anglais underskirts. For a long time, all kids under 5 or so wore skirts (easier access for the loo, perhaps). White showed the dirt but could be bleached and boiled.
Up until World War Two blue was a common colour for girls (associated with Mary, Christ’s mother) and pink, seen to be more ‘robust’ was a common colour to dress boys in. It then became popular to dress kids in either colour, slowly accepted as the other way round. Even more slowly, girls started to wear more practical shorts and trousers. Even now the vast majority of Australian girls with a school uniform are made to wear dresses or skirts, with no option of trousers, although many schoolgirl sports uniform requirements have switched to more sensible (and less knicker-displaying) shorts.
Since the mid 80s, the whole pink-blue and separate clothes thing has become more and more rigid (even children’s T-shirt departments mandate what’s proper for ‘boys’ and ‘girls’). Campaigns have started to question or oppose sex-segregated toys and clothes for kids. These two boys, I hope, were only trussed up for the photo and got to run around the rest if the time. They look like they’re standing in some sort of forest scrapyard. Pic: Mark Daniel, Picture Collection of the State Library of Victoria, captioned ‘Hany’s boys’.
Behold the thousand-mile stare of the exuberantly-moustachioed Frank L. Carr Jnr, a very decorated window decorator; winner of the First Prize in the ‘Dry Goods Economist’ magazine International Window Dressing Contest 1894. This photo is from an ad for Mr Carr’s 1901 ‘Tour of the World’ promising to “enchant the eyes of thousands”. It’s held in the the State Library of Victoria.
Hundreds of Adelaide citizens were certainly gobsmacked during the tour when Mr Carr’s front window Rock of Ages tableau caught fire one Saturday morning and burned out the entire west wing of the department store in the main street while several locals indulged in a spot of looting. The roiling muslin which depicted “angry waves” crashing on a rocky outcrop of Christianity had gone up in a flash after a gas lamp bulb burst in the window. A hasty inquiry agreed it wasn’t his fault and the story was soon overtaken by the removal of a keeper’s arm at Adelaide Zoo by its resident, rather bitey, bear.
Check out this fab Australian website, www.tailorsapprentice.com, which offers downloadable sewing patterns for, among other things, 1940s overalls, a WW1 nurses’ uniform, a wedding gown and other frocks.
“I wanted to show that men and women can be friends without having a relationship,” says del Toro of the relationship between the two main characters Mako (played by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi) and Raleigh (“Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam). “Theirs is a story about partnership, equality and a strong bond between partners. It’s important for little girls to know not every story has to be a love story and for boys to know that soldiers aren’t the only ones to triumph in war.”
Nice article, worth a read. (via nudityandnerdery)
Since us pansexuals, bisexuals, and asexuals “don’t exist,” we are able to walk through other planes and worlds of non-existence. This is why so very few of us can be found during winter and summer break; we are likely taking summer classes at Hogwarts or vacationing in Isengard-gard-gard.