Activities and Events Away from Home


Figure 1.--This American boy wears a rather natty white sailor suit for a walk along the beach. The sailor suit was also popular beach atire at European beach resorts. Click on the image for a more detailed view of his sailir suit.

Many fashions are associated with a variety of family outings or at showcase contemprary fashions. Most cities opened public parks in the 19th century. Hyde Park in London and Central Park in New York were two of the most famous. These outings were an excellent opportunity to display the latest fashions and mothers insisted that the children be attired as fashionally as they did. Family incomes were rising in the 19th century, especially the late 19th century. Many families for the first time had the money to go on outings, especially during the warm summer months when the rapidly expanding private and state schools were not in session. Families in the 19th century often dressed up for these events like picnics or even trips to the seaside, outings that would be considered casual events in our modern world. Most of these events were family events. One major event specifically for the children were summner campos--often a child's first experience away from home. Some families went camping as a family group. These outings varied from country to country. Here we are primarily talking about Europe and North America. Of course the wealthy has always been able to travel for pleasure. Only with the the industrial revolution and the creation of a large middle class and prosperous workers were the great bulk of the population able to enjoy these outings. And with the spread of this prosperity to countries in the deloping world after World War II we begin to see similar outings in these countries as well.

Specific Outings

Many fashions are associated with a variety of family outings or at showcase contemprary fashions. Most cities opened public parks in the 19th century. Hyde Park in London and Central Park in New York were two of the most famous. These outings were an excellent opportunity to display the latest fashions and mothers insisted that the children be attired as fashionally as they did. Family incomes were rising in the 19th century, especially the late 19th century. Many families for the first time had the money to go on outings, especially during the warm summer months when the rapidly expanding private and state schools were not in session. Families in the 19th century often dressed up for these events like picnics or even trips to the seaside, outings that would be considered casual events in our modern world. Most of these events were family events. One major event specifically for the children were summner campos--often a child's first experience away from home. Some families went camping as a family group.

Country Trends

Family outings varied from country to country. Here we are primarily talking about Europe and North America. Of course the wealthy has always been able to travel for pleasure. Only with the the industrial revolution and the creation of a large middle class and prosperous workers were the great bulk of the population able to enjoy these outings. And with the spread of this prosperity to countries in the deloping world after World War II we begin to see similar outings in these countries as well. Here there were vast differences. Many countries remained mired in traditional culture which inhibited growth. Others continued to be dominated by ethb\nic and religious divisionshich also limited growth. Leaders in many countries were impressed with socialist ideology and authoritarian government which proved an economic dead end. Only a few countries embraced democracy and capitalism. Those that did (especially the Asian Tigers) experienced econoomic growth. The number if these countries has increased in recent years. Changes in China and India in particular have resulted in spectacular ecoinomic successes lifting the largest number of people from poverty in human history. And the chaanges in social behavior has followed with more and more families enjoying the very same familiy outings initu\ially seen in Europe and North America.

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