School Book Bags: Front Bags

Figure 1.--HBC believes that this is a German boy photographed in the 1900s. Note the small front bag that he wears with his larger over-the-shoulder bag. For a complete view, click on the image.

Interestingly, many of the boys wearing these over-the-shoulder bags also wore a smaller bag at the front. They all appear to be leather bags on long straps. We are not sure what these smaller bags are for. Available photographs show them being worn at the turn of the century, but we do not yet have any chronological information. Probably they were for pens and pencils or other small items the boys used at school. We do not, however, know how common they were. Nor do we have any written information mentioning these bags which would give us a better idea as to how they were used. We have noted both French and German boys wearing them, but are unsure as to other countries in which they were worn. We have not noted any American boys wearing them.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: July 22, 2001
Last updated: July 22, 2001