Portuguese Boys' Clothes: Beach Resorts

Figure 1.--This photopostcard shows a beach scene in 1911 at Algés a beach near Lisbon. We believe at the time that the Algarve was not as popular as it is today, primarily because cheap air fares did not yet exist. Many of the children look to us to come from well-to-do foreign families that could aford expensive resorts. One boy even has a HMS Hercules hat band tally on his ailor hat. The sailor hat with turned down or cocked brims were typical of the 1910s. The styles hre may represent how well-to-do foreign and Portugyuese children dressed more than acerage Portuguese children. Notice how popular sailor styles were. There is also one boy wearing a smock. We also see what look like fancy tunic suits. Put your cursor on the image to see the rest of the group.

Portugal is a small country with a very long Atlantic coast and some beautiful beaches. There are beach resorts all along the Portuhuese coat. We are not sure when they became a tourist attraction. but we see tourists there, including foreign tourists, at the turn-of-the 20th century. This was mostly well-to-do people. Large numbersof middle-clastorists do not come until after Wrld War II. British tourists were some of the girst to come to Portugal im numbers begonning in the 1960s. Most visitors to Portugal from an early point go to Algarve, and commonly they don't leave their resorts to explore the country. The Algarve means, 'the west' and is derived from arabic showing the coutry's medieval Muslim history. 'The west' means the west of the Iberuan peninsula. But the Algarve is the far southern region of Portugl, just west of Gibraltar. The region has as its administrative center in the city of Faro. Tourism and related activities are extensive and make up the bulk of the Algarve's summer economy. The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal, and one of the most popular in beach resort areas in Europe. Some 10 million people visit the Algarve annually, more than half foreign tourists. There are beautiful beaches to the north, but the Algarve is the most popular area.


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