Hungarian Boys Clothes: Suits


Figure 1.--These Hungarian Jewish brothers were photographed in 1928. They look to be about 10-13 years of age. The boys who is seated is carrying his primary school diploma (which would mean that he was about 13 years old). The other boy looks a little younger. Both boys are probably wearing short trousers suits with long stockings. We can't see the legs of the boy who is standing, but we can see his shoes, and it is clear that he is not wearing long trousers. The older boy is wearing a single breasted suit with an open collared white shirt that spreads over the lapels, yet still with a necktie. The other boy wears a standard shirt and tie. Notice the fashionable beige long stockings, obviously worn with a garter waist of some kind (possibly a bodice with supporters or maybe a garter belt). Both boys are wearing oxfords--polished brown low-cut shoes. It seems obvious that the boys belong to a prosperous family who could afford to dress their sons very fashionably. A reader writes, "The younger boy's clothes remind me very much of my own schoolboy dress except that I wore a regular adult-style collar and tie. The beige long stockings, which I wore with supporters, seem almost identical to what we see in the photo."

We notice Hungarian boys wearing the same basic styles of suits worn by other European boys. Hungarian styles seem especially close to German styles. Hungary was of course for cnturies associated wih Austria where German styles were prevalent. There were also close trade and cultural ties with Germany. We note both juvenile and older boy styles. Some of the juveile outfits seem more Austrian than German influenced which is undrstandable given Hungary's long association wih Austria although there are many similarities. Our information is, however, fairly limited at this point. Our Hungarian archive is still very limited.

Fauntleroy Suits

The Fauntleroy suit was a hugely popular American and British style, but much less popular on the Continent. . Our Hungaian archive is very limited. We thus do not know just how common Fauntleroy suits were in Hungary. Of course Germany and Austria were major influences, but our 19th century archive is nearly non-existent. But we do not see many Fauntleroy suits in Germany and Austria either. We do note a few 20th cehntury images. These are vestages of the Fauntleroy style among wealthy families in the inter-War era. We see the same phenomenon in Germany and Austria. They were sometimes worn with white long stockings, something not seen in the 19th century. We see some of this in America as well.

Sailor Suits

HBC has little information on the sailor suits worn by Hungaian boys. We believe that they were commonly worn by boys, but because we have so little information and so few images, we can not say a great deal at this time. Hungary is of course a land-locked country located squarely in the middle of Europe. But before 1918, Hungary was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire did have a navy. HBC is unsure at this time to what extent there were differences between Austria and Hugay as to the popularity of the sailor sit or the styles of sailor suits worn. We notice one boy in 1911 wearing an all-white sailor suit, even the neck scarve was white. Only his long stockings were not white. We have no information at this time as to sailor suits worn in Hungary after World War I.

Sack or Standard Suits

We see Hungarian boys wearing the same standard suits as worn by boys throughout Europe. Our Hungarian archive is limited, so we do not yet know much about Hugarian suit styles. We do have a few images so we have begun to assess the suits worn by Hungarian boys. We note both collar-buttoning jackets as well as lapel jackets, including single- and double-breasted styles. Norfolk jackets were for a time popular. We see other styles as well. The pants worn with the suits included short pants, knee pants, knickers, and long pants. The large German fashion industry seem important in Hungary along with Austrian fashions. There are of course manyb similarities. The styles are so similar that it would be difficult to identify the nationality unless the natioality is indicated unless there are some distinctive stylisic touches. These were not very common with standard suits.








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