Figure 1.--This boy wears a play suit clearly designbed for play without any dressy elements. HBC dates it at about 1915. Note the Peter Pan collar.
The early play suits look much dressier than we commonly view as suitable for play. Play suits were a substantial At the time play suits first appeared, formal dress was much more common than is the case today. Plainer more functional play suits became more common by the mid-1910s. Earlier younger boys would have worn dresses. Play suits were a real inovation for younger boys. Wheras most younger boys woukld have worn dresses a few years eralier, young boys by the 1910s were normally outfitted in play suits. At first they were formal dressy affairs. But soon more functional play suits were becoming increasinly prominent.
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