Figure 1.--Here we see a German boy. The image is undated, but we would guess was taken in the 1930s. The boy wears a traditional sailor suit with a stripped dickie.
A dickey (alternativeky spelled "dickie") is a garment that looks like the front of a collar or shirt, but is worn as a separate garment. There are many different types of dickies. Some were just small front pieces. Others were jacket like vests. Others were "T"-shirt like garments or turtle-neck shirts for cold weather wear. The dickie most associated with boys' wear is the sailorsuit dickie. Sailor suit dickies were also called "shields". Here we see a German boy wearing a stripped dickie. There were, however, other dickies which have also been worn and children's dickies are still available. They modern dickies are primarily worn for cold weather. An example is a knitted dickie which is a collar piece extending just down enough to serve as a kind of scarve. Some are done like sleeveless weaters. Dickies were also used as ceremonial dress by military units. This was of course not common for boys' wear, but may have been used by some youth groups.
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