Pam Milligan Vaughan
Super cute photo. My dad- born in 1912- didn't wear pants of any kind until he was 3. They also didn't cut his hair until he was 3. I think probably it was easier to change diapers if babies wore dresses. Did plastic pants even exist then???
Can't say I agree with the article. I have a picture of my Dad with a dress and long curly hair. People in the west of Ireland were superstutious and feared the fairies would steal male children and leave a 'changeling'. So they dressed and treated the boys as girls to confuse the little people. When the boy was about two they had a little cermony called 'breeching the boy' where the boy's baby curls would be shorn and he would get his first breeches or trousers. Then he was accepted into the community as a boy. When we went to visit my wife's granny, who wore black as a widow and smoked a pipe, when she threw the washing up water out of the door into the garden, there was no plumbing, would always mutter something in Irish. She told us she was warning the little people because you would have bad luck if you soaked them!
Also the practice of dresses was due to the cost of material and it was easier to make dresses for children wether for boys or girls. It was the wealthier families that could afford the trousers as the boys grew. It was also easier for diapering.
Karen Sheaffer Thomas
Why, thank you for your response, Rose Gasak, but in answer to your question, no, I consider myself to be fairly well informed. You obviously are ignorant to the fact that Jesus (pronounced He'zues with the first e pronounced as a long a, in the Spanish language) is a very common name given to males in the Hispanic community.
The real reason why boys wore dresses is that in those times more girls then boys survived when they were small children...So the parents dressed their boys as girls so the evil sprits thought they were girls...
and all (girl and boys)wearing dresses.interesting that that was common in those days.nowadays you only see that sometimes when children are being baptized,e.g. Prince George of the United Kingdom.
My best guess is that dresses were easier to sew from scratch; the first home sewing machines were manufactured around 1860, and most likely they did not become a commonplace in most homes right away. Modern indoor plumbing was also not a commonplace in most homes, and it was probably easier to get a non-toilet-trained baby in and out of dresses, rather than pants.
Judie Anne Mason
Thanks for sharing this and info on boys w/ dresses~~I saw my dad in a picture as a baby wearing this white frilly lace dress and yes , wondered why the grandparents would put that on him~~~;-) these children are ever so cute~~
Marianne Renn Leach
in Ireland young boys wore dresses and long hair for superstitious reasons. They did this because it was believed the Brownies would spirit away only boy children. The Brownies were not the cute little people Americans made them out to be
Back when cameras developed the photographs slowly, people didn't smile because they had to hold the pose for a longer length of time. Their smiles would begin to droop, and the photos would blur.
Nancy Lee Wingo
It was easier to change diapers! I still have one of my grandfathers baby dresses. My great aunt remembers a time that my grandfather was sitting on the dirt playing marbles with the neighborhood boys and he was wearing the white dress that I still have! Dirty hands, dirty face and dirty dress!
Sherre, that retro Website though. Blue-Yellow-Frontpage style text and sentences repited over and over like in an ad or something... Argh :) Thanks nevertheless, raised some good questions
I have a picture of my daddy as a baby (1917) wearing a dress. Later he and his brother were wearing something resembling a big baggy white button up one piece shortall. They were so adorable.
I am so glad everyone has enjoyed the picture of my husband's great uncles and aunt. They were born in 1907 in Nebraska and all died in the 1990's. They lived together for their entire lives (except when Mary had to go into a nursing home at an advanced age) and none of them married.
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