Clothing and Costumes Worn by Child Actors: Sources of Information

Figure 1.--This wonderful book provides a wealth of information about child movie stars. The boy is apparently Jacki Coogan, the forst major child film star. Notice his button-on sailor suit.

Several useful sources exist on child actors. HBC has just begun to research these sources, but hopes to devote some attention to this to add to our understanding of the clothes and costumes worn by these children which fascinated the movie going public. Please let us know of interesting sources which should be consulted.

Boy and Girl Child Actors of Europe

A very helpful data base on child actors in Europe is available on line. Much of the material is about contemporary child actors, but it a valuable and well done site wuth many images.

(The) Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopedia 1895-1995

This wonderfull book by John Holmsrtom is the best single source on the child actors and their films. While he does no address the topic of clothing and costume in great detail, the basic information about the boys and their films is an invaluable source of information. Especially helpful is information on European child actors. The historical information here is especially helpful because many on line sources deal with contemprary actors and their films do not have as much information pertient to HBC.

Christopher Wagner

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