pinafore national trends -- England chronology
Figure 1.--The older children here are a boy and girl. Only the girl wears a pinafor despite the fact that both are playing. We are unsure, however, if the younger child is a boy or girl. This English photograph is undated, but we would giess it was taken in the 1890s.
We do not yet have sufficent information and images to prepare chronology on English pinafores. They seem to have been a very common garment in the 19th century. Both boys and girls wore them. The drugery of laundry was one reason pinadores were such a popular garment. They were very common for younger children, but not very common for boys after they began school. We are not entirely sure about the age conventions. Girls continued wearing pinafores in the early 20th century, but they became much less common for girls. e are not sure how the characterustics of pinafors such as color and style varied over time. Pinafores were a protective garment and thus the popularity declined when labor saving advances were made in laundry. The declining relative cost of clothing is another facor.
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