Boys from aflluent families would have special suits for the occasion as described above. Boys at Catholic School would do First Communion as a class group. Some attempt would often be made to have the children dress identically. We note some schools, however, where the boys are dressed differently. At one school in the 1950s we note the boys wearing two different styles of suits, some white and others dark suits. For some reason the convention was that most of the boys in the white suits wear short pants and most of the boys in the dark suits wear long pants. Some boys in the 1950s still wore rather formal looking Eton collars. I'm not sure how First Communion was handled for children in state schools. A reader reports
that they had a course in the district (or zone) church or in some cases in the catechist house, and after that 2 years course, the procedure was basically the same, they do it as a class group and go to take the "Corpus Christi" one by one.
These boys at the Colegio Champagnol in Buenos Aires, Argentina were photographed for their First Communion in the 1950s (figure 1). The school had a uniform, but allowed the boys to wear different First Communion suits. Some of the boys in white suits had short pants. The boys in dark suits seem to have long pants. Some boys have Eton collars.
We have virtually no chronolgical information at this time. We do have this dated portrait. It was taken in 1959. The children wear their school uniform with Peter Pan collsrs, this may not have been the normal shirts worn at the school. They also wear white gloves which were probably worn just for First Communion or other very special events. The boys also wear English-style peaked caps. This had nothing to do with First Communion, but was part of the normal school uniform.
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