Boys' Striped Long Stockings: Chronology


Figure 1.--This boy wears a velvet suit with lonf striped stockings. We are not sure about the color of the suit or the stockings. Notice his sash. All we know about this boy is that he was fron Syracuse, New York. The portrait is undated, but we would guess was taken in the 1870s. Note his top hat on the table. (Also notice the wide black ribbon by the hat. Is that a streamer?)

The chronology of striped stockings appears to have been the same as patterned stockings in general, primarily because the dominate pattern was stripes. We note fashion illustrations from the 1850s showing striped stockings being worn. We suspect that they appeared at about the same time boys began wearing bloomer knickers and kneepants. We note sripped long stockings in the increasingly extensive photographic record. Photographs are not as common as they will become after the development of popular negative-based formats in the 1860s, but they are much more common than during the 184os. The photographic record shows that they were popular from the 1860s through the 80s, although we have noted them into the 1890s. We suspect that they were most popular in the 1860s and 70s, although our information is still quite limited. We have not, however noted boys wearing striped stockings into the 1900s. HBC has not noted striped stockings after the turn of the century. The clothing worn with striped stockings also varried over time. I do not have details on this, but is my general impressiion from a review of available images. Notably as kneesocks became more common in the 1900s, horizontal striped kneesocks were never worn, although there might be colored bands on the turn-over-top cuff. In contrast, boys later in the 20th century did eventually wear ankel socks with horizontal stripes.

The 1840s

We believe striped stoclings appeared in the 1840s, but we have very little information at this time. We do not yet have any images of striped stockings from the 1840s. This may be a reflection of the realtively few 1840s images we have. Photography was still very new and expensive in the 1840s which limited the number of portraits made. One question we have about striped stockings is just when weaving technology developed allowing manufactures to make multi-colored hosiery. We are not let sure.

The 1850s

The chronology of striped stockings appears to have been the same as patterned stockings in general, primarily because the dominate pattern was stripes. We note fashion illustrations from the 1850s showing striped stockings being worn. We suspect that they appeared at about the same time boys began wearing bloomer knickers and kneepants. We note sripped long stockings in the increasingly extensive photographic record. Photographs are not as common as they will becone after the development of popular negative-based formats in the 1860s, but they are much more common than during the 1840s. A good example is an unidentified American boy in 1855, although we are not sure about the length of his stockings.

The 1860s

Boys still commonly wore long trousers in the 1860s, but knee pants were beginning to become popular. We tend to see most boys wearing white or light-colored stockings in the 1860s. Large number of images in the photographic record shows boys wearing white stockings. A good example is the Johnson boys in 1867. White stockings were very common. This was true of boys not yet breeched as well as those wearing knee pants. White stockings, however, were not universal. We so see some striped stockings. And some of those boys wore stripped stockings. We are not entirely true just how common they were. An example is an American boy in 1865. By the end of the decade we begin to see more striped stockings and they became very common in the 1870s as white stocking went out if style, especially for boys.

The 1870s

We suspect that striped stockings were most popular in the 1860s and 70s, although our information is still quite limited. An American boy, 3-yeatr old Andrew Richardson, wears boldly striped long stockings in 1875. We note a 9-year old American boy wearng striped stockings in 1878 with a collar-buttoning suit and long knee pants. The stripes were very narrow.

The 1880s

We note advertising llustrations commonly depicting children wearing striped long stgockings. A good example is a stocking supporter ad in 1885.

The 1890s

We do not note many children wearing striped stockings durung the 1890s, especially the late 90s. them into the 1890s.

The 1900s

We have not, however noted boys wearing striped stockings into the 1900s. HBC has not noted striped stockings after the turn of the century. The clothing worn with striped stockings also varried over time. I do not have details on this, but is my general impressiion from a review of available images. Notably as kneesocks became more common in the 1900s, horizontal striped kneesocks were never worn, although there might be colored bands on the turn-over-top cuff. In contrast, boys later in the 20th century did eventually wear ankel socks with horizontal stripes






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