I can offer not very original
experiences of my yourh and clothes which you still might enjoy. I have
several distinct memories of childhood clothes. I can remember--this
was early 1940s. My pre -school years, e.g. when I wore a sailor suit,
were early forties. I entered first grade in l945, so my more grown-up
youth days were late 40's, e.g. when I was a cub. I was raised in the
northeastern United States. We were a
middle class family.
and I at about 4 or 5 wore white sailors' suits in the summer
made of cotton I believe. The blouses had blue square collars with a
v-shaped opening for a dickey that featured an eagle design. I believe
the blouses were attached to the short pants with buttons. We wore ankle
socks with brown and white saddle shoes. I also wore about the same age,
maybe younger, a stylish dark blue knee length winter coat with gold
buttons. I believe we wore our
sailor suits for several years, maybe from when I was four to six or so.
My brother is two years younger than I. We did not wear caps with them,
maybe a blue bow. I rather liked my sailor suit. We were always being
told how cute we looked when we went out, so I guess I enjoyed the
attention! We would wear them if we went shopping or to a nice
restaurant or to visit our grandparents. My brother and I often dressed alike when we
were younger and would be going out together. But as we got older I
don't think we were paired as much.
I attended the local parish school. For beginning school years, maybe for one or two years,
mid-40's, I wore above the knee short pants with long socks and a blue
beanie. I have a picture of myself in the second grade (age 7) wearing a
brown tweed suit, with jacket and matching short pants, but maybe at the
knee by this time. I also wore knickers with stockings fastened with
elastic bands, usually a white shirt, and a tie that clasped closed
under my collar or a clip-on bow tie. I wore light material short knee
length pants for most of my grade school in the summer. Two: I wore short shorts (above
the knee) until I was in second grade. So maybe from the age of three of
four until seven.
I was in the cub scouts for a couple of years -- late
40's. I wore the regular blue cubs outfit, blue shirt, short knee-length
pants in the summer, long pants in the winter, with a yellow kerchief
around my neck tied at the front. While I enjoyed Cub Scouts, did not
continue on into Scoying.
After I was about 8 years old I wore knickers for a couple of years. I
think they were either wool or gaberdine material. With long
stockings,of course. Some boys I thnk wore long pants before I did, but
I had no problems I recall wearing either short shorts or knickers.
I remember wearing knee length shorts for years in the summer time,
until at least high school. Since we played mostly in the summertime,
we wore knee length cotton shorts.
We also wore gaberdine long pants.My brother played basketball in grade
school, and he wore the short gym shorts of that time, not like the
basketball pants of today, which look like boxer shorts on steroids! No,
About socks. I wore knee socks when
I was wearing the short shorts, but when I got older I wore short socks
with my knee-length socks. Yes, I liked them very much, especially in
the summer when my legs would get tanned brown at the seashore, and we
could parade with our parents on the boardwalk in the evening after
dinner, with our shorts and jackets. I also wore long socks when I was
seventeen and was an exchange student for a summer in Germany. I wore
long socks with the lederhosen I bought for myself, which were very
About caps. I mentioned my sailor cap above. I wore a beanie to first grade. I also had to wear one many years later as a freshman in college. We had to wear a beanie made of the school colors. It was quite nice actually, with the school shield on the front.
I took piano lessons as a boy, so that took a lot of my free time.
I remember one very special suit. I
wore a white suit with above the knees pants for first communion. I wore
white shoes. And I think in the second grade. I also had a tweed suit
with jacket and above the knee pants.
As a boy I never had
any feeling I recall about wanting long pants. As I say, I kept wearing
knee length pants every summer.
in the late 60's and early 70's , here and vacationing in Europe, I wore
very short shorts with knee high tube socks, and sport shoes or hiking
boots. And, oh yes, I wore Bermuda shorts when they became popular in
the late 50's when I was in college.
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