German School Wear at Individual Schools

Figure 1.--Here we see a German primary school in 1934. The inscription reads, " Hermsdorf, März 1934 ". That means Hermsdorf, March 1934. I think Hermsdorf is the location rather than the name of the school. Most of the boys wear short pants, some with knee socks, others with long stockings. The hosiery here is interesting. Boy 1 and 3 appears to be wearing rolled socks over their long stockings. Boy 11 has very lumpy long stockings. Two boys wear sailor suits. Another comment on the hosiery in this picture from a reader, "No. 3 seems to be wearing ankle socks with striped cuffs on top of his long stockings. I'm not sure how common this practice was, but we see a parallel in the Swedish film, Fanny and Alexander, in which Alexander at the beginning wears ankle socks on top of his brown long stockings. This wearing of a double layer of hosiery on the feet does not seem to have been very widespread, but it may have been done if the shoes were a little too roomy or as additional protection for young feet in winter."

HBC has begun to collect information on German schools during different time periods which will include Imperial Germany, the Weimar Pepublic, NAZI Germany, East and West Germany during the Cold War, and modern unified Germany. We only have a few schools at this time, but hope to add tp our list. We hope that some of the large number of German visitors to HBC will provide us some insights into the uniforms and clothes that they wore to school so that we can add to our list. Unfortunately in only a few cases do we know the name of the schgool. We are not sure why the names of the schools are less available for German schools. Perhaps it was not the practice to name the schools.

Aphabetical Listings

Listing German schools by name is somewhat difficult because most German schools were apparently not named as was practice in America where schools were often named or numbered.. Here we will include mostly schools that either have names or we at least know where they were located so that they can be identified.

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Here we will include mostly schools for which we have dated images as opposed to trying to estimate the dates through clothing tyles and other indicators.

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