United States Boys' Clothes: Neckwear Chronology--The 1850s

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Figure 6.-- Boys commonly wore bows in the 1850s. And they steadily grew in size during the decade. We begin to see colorful stocks in the 1850s. This image was an Ambro and was taken in the late-50s or very early-60s. This boy was from Akron, Ohio.

Neckwear for boys seems less common in the 1850s when collars became very small. The standard neckwear was the stock. Stocks were uually black, but we see some boys wearing brightly colored, patterned stocks. That was sometjhing that was not very common in the 1840s. And when tied that often looked somewhat like bows with tails rather than the partain stocks worn by adult men. These coloful stocks seem to be mostly for boys rather thsn these colorful stocks, but this needs to be pursued in more detail. We do know tht the black stocks were much more common for men and very common. Most men wore them when wearing suits. Very young boys did not wear them, but by about age 10 years or so we see boys wearing them as well at least when dresing up. The photographic record shows, however, that many boys did not have suits. We see, however, a lot more boys wearing suits than in the 40s. We suspect that if they if not wear a suit to the photograpohic studio, that meant they did not have one. Thus most boys did not wear stocks of ogher neckwer in the 50s. The standard stock was tied without tails. which essentially destunguished them from a bow. We note boys with stocks that were done with bows or at least a hint of tails. The Ambtotype appears about 1855. While it is difficult to sparate Dags from the 1840s abd 50s. Here Dags are diffiult to date, but Ambros are easier. Like Dags, few are actually dated. That is tht Ambros arefrom aelatively narro time period, either from the 1850s or very early-60s. Ambros appeared in the mid-50s and thus date from the mid-50s. Even so, there are many of thm because Americans as they began to industrialize were increasingly ffluent. and Amnbros brought down the cost of photography. Some were also done in the early-60s. but the bulk seem to date from the 50s becuse they were very rapidly replaced by the CDV in the early-60s.


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