Hair Bows: Conventions

Figure 1.--This little American boy wears overalls over a Russian blouse with ringlets and a white bow. On the back of the photo is written "Paul 1906-07". He may have worn hairbows every day.

HBC had assumed that hair bows were primarily a formal style, added to a boy's hair on special occasions such a portrait or event like a wedding or party. HBC believes this may well have been the general pattern. It is clear, however, that this was not always the case. Such conventions appear to have varied from familt to family. There are instances of boys wearing hairbows in play clothes rather than the child's best suits. Such images are not as common as thevdressier images--but they do exist and suggest that boys may have worn hairbows every day.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: February 3, 2001
Last updated: February 3, 2001