Dutch Boys' Garments: Sweater Conventions

Figure 1.--This Dutch boy about 1951 wears a sweater at home while his father reads to him. Few Dutch homes at the time had central heating. Note the knit socks.

Dutch boys wear sweaters on virtually all occasions. They wore them around the home for play during cool weather. They also commonly wore them inside the home. Until the late 20th century, few Dutch homes had central heating so boys commonly wore their sweaters inside the home. Sweaters were also commonly worn to school, during the winter with a jacket and sacrf. Schools like homes were not well heated until the late 20th century.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: March 2, 2001
Last updated: March 2, 2001