Newspaper Caps

Figure 1.--This boy wore a newspaper cap in a Soviet movie during the 1970s.

We have noted images of boys wearing caps made out of newspaper during the late 19th century. We have little information on boys wearing these caps. We believe this was done for protection when involved in projects like painting or printing. Younger boys might have worn these papers hats, folded in different ways for play. A Russian reader tells us that this was done in the Soviet Union even in the 1970s. A Russian reader tells us, "Thesee paper hats were and actuallty continue to be very common in Russia. Everyone could make it for a couple of minutes or less."

Christopher Wagner

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