Marken Island Dresses for Boys: Chronology

Figure 1.--These Marken Island children were photographed in 1908 wear the colorful local costumes. The convention of boys wearing dresses contunued even after Woeld War I, but HBC is not sure how common it was.

HBC is not sure when the dresses worn by Marken Island boys and girls developed. We suspect about the 17th century. Available images show that boys were still commonly wearing dresses in the early 20 th century before World War I (1914-18). A HBC contributor reports first coming across this while planning a trip to Europe during the 1960s. The was a paragraph in a travel book titled "A quaint custom on the Isle of Maarken". I think the custom lingered late into the 20th century because by this time Maarken had changed from a fishing village to a tourist stop where people came to see the unique Maarken dress.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: February 13, 2002
Last updated: February 13, 2001