Boys' Clothing for Different Outdoor Activities and Events: Characteristics of the Dutch Soap Box Derbies

Figure 2.--This image is from a Soap Box Derby in the Netherlands during 1950.

One problem in the Netherlands is that the country is very flat and there are not a lot of hills. As a reslt, in the Dutch races, the cars were often pushed by other boys. This is evident in many of the available images. Of ourse this often put more of a premium on the strength of the pusher than the design of the car, which in many ways defeats the purpose of the competition. When there was a real hill available, the original American race sytem was used. Even so the boys appear to be wearing normal everyday dress rather than what might wear in an athletic competition.

Christopher Wagner

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Created:January 2, 2002
Last updated: January 2, 2002