Figure 1.--Sailor suits were popular throughout Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century. HBC believes that the Russian blouse worn by the younger boy and the hair style worn by the older boy suggests that these are German boys.
Country identification is sometimes eased by ethnic styles or the ethnic makeup of certain countries. In many instances boy wear styles like sailor suits that were widely worn throughout Europe, making specific country identificaton difficult. We have acquired quite anumber of 19th and early 20th century portraits that we are having trouble identifying. Many are definitely European. Several may be German, but we are having trouble definitelvely identifying them. Some countries have no destinguishable characteristic clothing styles. Country identification has become especially difficult in recent hyears as so many tyles have crossed national borders. Modern European boys in "T" shirts, jeans, and sneakers, for example, are virtually impossible to identify. Other images here, we are just not sure what to make of. Hopefully our German readers will have some insights.
Please let HBC know if you have any thoughts on the nationality of these families or children.
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