United States Boys' Clothes: 1914 Kane Family


Figure 1.-- Here we have a portrait of the five Kane brothers, Harold, Jasper, Charles, Arthur, and Edward. The photo was taken in Bedford Styvesant, a section of Brooklyn, in 1914. The twins, dressed identically, wear black button-on velvet knee pants with white ornamental buttons above the hem and white blouses with matching black velvet collars and cuffs.

Here we have a portrait of the five Kane brothers, Harold, Jasper, Charles, Arthur, and Edward. The photo was taken in Bedford Styvesant, a section of Brooklyn, in 1914. Jasper Herbert Kane, the boy in the center of the back row (1903-2004), grew up to be a distinguished biochemist who was active in moving antibiotics (such as penicillin) from the laboratory to commercial production during World Ward II, and is thus responsible for helping to save many lives. He lived to be 101 years old. Harold (top left) is about 10, Jasper (top center) is 11, and Charles (top right) is about 12 or 13. The younger boys (Arthur, bottom left) and Edward (bottom right) seem to be twins and are about 7 years of age. The Kanes were a large Catholic family. The older boys seem to be wearing above-the-knee knicker suits with black long stockings. We can see Charles's knickers and stockings. Their shirts have Eton collars, and they wear neat four-in-hand ties. The twins, dressed identically, wear black button-on velvet knee pants with white ornamental buttons above the hem and white blouses with matching black velvet collars and cuffs. They wear the new style beige long stockings held up by supporters. The twins seem to have slightly different hair styles. Arthur has bangs while Edward has a mop of curly hair. Note the string ties and the large white buttons. We can't see the shoes, but they are probably hightop leather shoes, a common style in 1914.





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