Don’t always assume that a child in a dress is a girl!

Nygaard, Robert 1909 crop with border copyUntil the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many boys wore dresses.  Other than the fact that it was easier to let the hems down on dresses, allowing the children to wear the garment longer, a main reason was for toilet training because the fastenings on the clothing worn by men was very complicated. Somewhere between the age of about four and seven years of age, boys celebrated what was called “breeching”.  A time when they went from wearing dresses or gowns to breeches or trousers. Often this also signaled a time when they were given more family work responsibilities.

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