German School Headwear: Berets--Chronology

Figure 1.--Here we see an unidentified German boy off to school in the winter. He wears a beret and warm overcoat and you can see his classic book satchel. The snapshot is undated, but the black long stockings suggest the 920s rather thab=n the 30s. Motice the cobbelstone street.

We are not sure about the chronology of berets in German schools. We have seen few 19th century images, but this may reflect our relatively limited 19th century image archive. We are still looking into this. Most of the images we have found come from the 20th century, primarily the early-20th century. We see some from the early-20th century, but are not yet sure about prevalence. We have been surprised to find any more examples after World War I in the inter-War era. We think they were popular in both the 1920s and 30s. We have a very substantial German 20th century archive. And thus believe that the photographic record is a, fairly good representation of actual prevalence. The beret was not a major schoolheadwear style, but it was not unusual either. We thought that after World War that French styles would have become unpopular. This was, however, not the case. We do not know if there were regional differences. The excption was Alsace-Loraine. NAZI officials prohibited wearing of berets, including school children along with the French language. After World War II, we no longer see berets worn at schools. We suspect there were some, especially in the late-1940s and early-50s. We have, however, not yet found examples in the photographic record.


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