German Bangs: Side Styles

Figure 1.-- We note in the early 1920s boys with cropped hair, but with a small front fringe. The school portrait here of a boy wearing a sailor suit is a good example. Note how short his hair is at the sides. Note the bands on the socks and strap shoes.

We see many German boys with bangs. There were only so many ways the bangs coukld be cut. The hair at the side was much more varied. There are also differences in the hair styling at the sides. This can be independent of the actual bangs cut at the front, but is part of the hair style. Here the major difference is length.

Cropped Sides

We see boys wearing bangs during the early-20th century with cropped hair at the sides. This was also called straigh-back-and sides in Britain. Short cut hair was much more common than longish styles, but this chnged over time. German boys in the early 20th century commonly had close-cropped hair. This became much less common after World War I. We note in the early 1920s boys with cropped hair, but with a small front fringe. More pronounced bangs were common by the late 20s, often with straight-basck and sides.

Standard Sides

When long hair began to become popular we see bangs with various hair lengths that were long enough to comb.

Medium Sides: Dutch Boy Bangs

Americans associate bangs with the Dutch. Bangs in America are even reffered to as "Dutch boy bangs" if they have long hair at the side. This is also called a Prince Valliant cut. The Dutch tend to call it a "pony", although pagekopje or "page" is also used. I'm not sure how the Germans refer to these cuts. Bangs were very common for German boys, although the Dutch boy bangs with long hair at the sides were much less common. Cropped hair was much more more common for German boys, but longer styles behan to become more popular in the 1920s. . We see some younger boys from well-to-do families with Dutch boy bangs in the 1930s. These were almost always pre-school boys. We also see Dutch boy bangs even with older boys when longer styles began to vecome popular in the 1970s. They were less common by the end of the cebntury when shortrt styles began to be more popular.

Long Sides

American boys commonly wore bangs with righlet curls, but you do not see this in Germany. We see German boys wearingh bangs with longer hair in the 1970s, including shouilder-length hair.


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