Sailor Headwear: Country Trends

Figure 1.--This unidentified American boy wears aide-brimmed sailor hat with his reefervjacket. The photograph is undated, but we would guess was taken about 1910. These harsere also widly worn in Europe, except for the sllece rank badge, here would be no way of identifying the bpy as American.

The sailor suit for boys burst out on the fashion scene at about the same time that commercoial photography appeared. We thus have a very photographic extenive record to study styles and trends. We have archived large numbers of images, especially for the major countries. We do not see many sailor caps and hts in the early photigraphic formts, but we do beginning with the CDV (860s). Over the century or so that sailor suits and headwear were popular, we notice a range of developments in countries around the world. We have country pages on major countries like America, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, and Russia. We also have information on many other countries. In all these countries, sailor headwear was worn with both salolor suits and regular outfits. While the sailor suit began in England, this was not where sailor styles were the most popular. For reasons we do not fully inderstad, ghis was France and Germany. There were similarites among many countries, primarily because the British Royal Navy set the standard for navies around the world and most navies wore uniforms with headwear very similsr to the Royal Navy. There were also a range of differences. Most navies had some destibctive uniform elements and boys' sailor suits did not always replicate actual naval uniforms. There were sailor suits that dis, but mny which differed widely. This caried from country to country. We also have country pages on caps and hats.


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