Swiss Boys' Clothes: Uniforms

Figure 1.--We are not sure what uniform this Swiss boy is wearing. The portrait looks to have been taken in the 1860s. The photographer was Gartheis and the portrait was taken in Locle. Notice that he iswearing his belt over his jacket.

We have few details on uniforms worn by Swiss children. Swiss children have not generally worn school uniforms, although there were a few military schools. There may have also been a cadet program. Perhaps in the 19th century there were also drummer boys. We are not certain who some of the boys wearing uniforms in the 19th century are. In the 20th century there were also uniformed youth groups--primarily the Scouts.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: January 6, 2001
Last updated: Juky 30, 2002