Here we see the Whitney family in 1895. They are from St. Louis, Missouri. The family appears there in the 1900 census. The children are three sons and the older daughter (Raymond M., Clifford F. called Tip, Lloyd C. and Grace). A baby sister was born in 1899. Some of the children were from Minnesota. Their father was Hugh C. Whitney. There mother was Matilda C Whitney.
Ray and Tip both wear identical colored blouses with large Peter Pan collars. The blouses are plainer than some we have seen. I'm not sure what color the blouse would have been. The boys wear similar kneepants and long stockings, although different colors. They also have identical cropped-hair cuts. These cropped-hair cuts weren't as common in America as in some European countries. They look about 11 and 8 years old. Lloyd is younger, 3-4 years old. He is not yet breached and still wears a dress--a light colored one. His curls have also not yet been cut and contrast with the short hair of his older brothers.
We do not know at what age he was breeched and had his curls cut. Nor do we know which one hos mother decided to do first. Doing both at the same time was another option.
We have seen quite young boys in Germany with cropped hair. This seems to have been less common in America. Their older sisters wears an unusual black collar.
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