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Hungrian children 1923
Figure 1.-- Here we see a family snpshoit with an unidentified group of Hungarian children, probably a hgroup of related children. They look to be about 3-15 years old and are wearing summer play clothes. It was taken in August 1929. All we have are their first names as best we can make out: "Ili, Dodí, Manci, Anus, Gyuri, Babei, Lidi, Laci, Tom, Titi, Lali, Eva, and Juci." Also written on the back is something like "Fehésoáiri út 42". We are not sure what that means. Click on the image if you want to try to make it out.

HBC at this this has insufficient information to asess chronological trends in Hungarian boys' wear. Hungary was an independent country dring the medievel era, but we have no fashion information at this time. Hungary became part of the Hapsburg Austrian Empire (16th century). And thus until 1918 was heavily influenced by Austrian fashions. We have had a hard time following this because our work is primarily based on the photographic record. And Hungry is a relatively small country meaning our archive is relatively limited. We know very little about the 19th century. A rare view are two Hungarian boys playing with a hoop about 1850. We know nuch more about the 20th century. With independence after World War I, German fashions seem of some importance. Of course Austrian/German fashions were related. The photograophic record we have begun to access does show Hungarian children strongly affected by German fashions and hair styling trends. After 1945 Hungary became a Communist People's Republic with the economy tied into the Soviet-dominated Eastern European block. We have little information, but believe East German (DDR) fashions seems to have been an important fashion influence. The photographic record suggests a strong German influence. he Soviets seized control of Hungary after World War II (1945). This did not entirely break the German influence as the Soviets incorporated eastern Germany in their Eastern European empire. The soviets and Communism did affect consumerism of all kinds, including the fashion industry, deemphasizing fashion of all kinds. Hungary by the 1960s was more open to the West than most other Soviet satellites and thus Western fashions were also of some importance.


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