Suspender Shorts Style: The Suspenders

Figure 1.--HBC believes that this is a German image, probably taken in the 1930s. Notice how short and wide the boy's suspenders are and the large, prominent buttons in a contrasting color. Click on the inage to see the entire car.

The suspenders themselves were not elasticised, but usually made of the same material as the shorts and were always the same color. The suspenders varied in length. Some were reasonably long, designed to hold the shorts at waist level. Others were quite short which pulled the shorts up above the boy's waist. The suspenders also varied in width. Generally they were quite narrow, about 1/2 inch, but some were wider, occasionally nearly a full inch.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: November 28, 2000
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