Austrian Boys' Clothes: Regions

Figure 1.--Here is a view of the Austrian village of Terrenz during 1927. This is a good representation of a typical small Austrian village in the 1920s. Notice how close the houses are to the road.

Even after World War I and the disolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, there were still destint regions in Austria. The most important was the capital, Vienna. It was no longer the center of a vast-mult-ethnic empire and capital of a major European power. Even so it was a large, cosmopolitan city respected for its rich cultural heritage. Outside Vienna, the villages were very different. Here dirt roads and barefoot children were common place. An example shown here is the village of Terrenz in 1927 (figure 1). I'm not sure yet just where that is in Austria. We have little information on Austrian regions at this time. We are not sure yet just how clothing differed among the regiona. We know that there were destinctions in folk costumes. One former area of Austria is of some note--the South Tirol. This area was annexed by Italy as part of the World War I peace settlement. Notably the plight of the German population there was ignored by Hitler, primarily because of the importance of the Axis Alliance. It became the one area of Europe wih a German population not considerd part of the NAZI Lebensraum.


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