German Middy Blouses: Chronological Trends

Figure 1.--This German boy wears a standard sailor blouse, in this case striped. The traditional style with three-stripe deytailing was stabdard. It was a post0card back portrait takn in the 1920s. This was a very popular style in the 1920s and 30s. Note the white cird used to tie the black scarfe.

The sailor blouse was an item German boys wore for about a century. Few items have proven so popular for such a long period of time. We note substantial variation as well as some similarity over that period. The photographic record offers a substantial vuiew of these variations over time. Variations were especially pronounced in the 19th century. Collar treatment varied quite a bit. They became much more standardized in the 20th century, especially after World War I. The sailor blouse was an item worn by both boys anf girls, although there was some chronological variation. We note differences ober time in both cut and decorarive trim. There were also differences in styles like buttoning and pull-over time. Fabric pattens also varied. We note both flat colors and stripes. There were also color variations, although because of the black-and-white photograohy, color is more difficult to assess. We also notice diffeences in associated garments such as scarves, dickies and lanyards. The Germans develooped a destinctive way iof ieing their scatves in place. Some blouses had sleeve patches.


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