Boys' Baseball Caps: Usage

Figure 1.-- Here some Bostoin boys wear winter caps done in styles like baseball caps. Some had fold under ear flaps. The photograph is undated, but the car un the background suggests the 1940s.

Baseball caps are today widely worn. Playing baseball is probably now a minor usage of these caps. Baseball caps were at first and for many years almost exclusively for playing baseball and in the United States. We begin to see winter caps styles like baseball caps in the 1930s, Many were done in thick flannel or other heavy material as winter caps, often with fold unfer ear flaps. These were not real baseball caps, but styled like them. They were very popklar in the 1940s and 50s. As recently as the 1950s it was not common to see American boys wearing baseball caps except for actual play. The army began using baseball caps, I think in the 1960s. The Scouts adopted them in the 1980s. Since the 1960s baseball caps have become virtually the only headgear worn by American boys. They increased in popularity during the 70s and 80s. And we begin to see them in Europe. Boys wore them caually and to school. As a kind of mark of teen angst, boys began in the 1990s to wear the caps backwards.


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