Dutch Postcards: Chronology

Figure 1.--This Dutch boy was pictured wearing a brightly colored "T"-shirt. This is a Dutch postcard that was postally used in the Netherlands during 1962.

The images of well-dressesd children appear to follow the general pattern of being most popular from the turn of the 20th centuty to the mid-1920s. While the cards may not be the most accirate represention of what styles boys commonly wore, one valuable aspect of the cards is that they can be dated. Postcard specialists can provode information on when certain cards were made. Even without this information, many of these cards are postallybused and the post marks provide valuable chronological information. While postcards with children as subjects declined in popularity in the 1930s, they did not disappear. HBC has noted cards from the 60s and 80s. One important difference is that the more modern cards seem to picture children more in outfits that were more kilely to have been actually worn.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: November 17, 2001
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