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This is believed to be a photo of my Grandfather, Roy Sherman Childers at age 2. His brother, Herman Lewis Childers says that in the early 1900's, they would dress little boys in dresses for pictures until they were around 3 years old. Roy was the son of Stephen Milford Childers and Effie Mae (Pettit) Childers. He was born April 10, 1918 in Diswood, Alexander County, Illinois and died January 08, 1988 in Edmond, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. He married Beulah Mae Webster on April 13, 1940 in Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri.


AncientFaces In the early 1900s young boys would wear dresses until around the age of 3. I didn't know that they did hair similar as well? Adorable photo of Roy Sherman Childers.
May 23, 2014 · Reply
Patricia Cromwell This was my dad. It seems odd to me that they dressed little boys like that back in the 1920's, but I guess that's it. He sure was cute wasn't he? - Patricia L. Childers Cromwell
Jun 11, 2003 · Reply
Patricia Cromwell Look how time flies. My dad would have been interested to see all the relatives on this "New Computer" age. Patricia L. Childers Cromwell
Jun 12, 2004 · Reply
Traci Delano I love these old photos ...I know they dressed boys in christening gowns and some frocks but I have never seen them adorn the boys hair with bows. I believe this is a girl.
May 23, 2014 · Reply
Shelia Lyon I assure you, this is a boy and it is my Grandfather, who was born April 10, 1918. Two of his brothers, Herman and Bill are still living, and both stand firm on the fact that it is their brother, Roy. They say people dressed boys in girl attire back then, especially for pictures.
Jun 12, 2014 · Reply
Kathy Pinna I haven't seen the bows either (lots of boys in "dresses" - even my own grandfather!) but I hear that boys had bows/ribbons too!
May 23, 2014 · Reply
Phyllis Laraway I was told it was easier to potty train them with dresses on who know
May 24, 2014 · Reply
Filipe Medeiros This is the first time I've ever heard a sensible reason for why they did this
May 27, 2014 · Reply
Sylvia Maltzman Depending on the culture, some people would try to hide the fact that they had a boy from the evil spirits (and the evil humans) who were more interested in stealing male children than female children. This is more common in societies with a very high infant mortality rate.
May 28, 2014 · Reply
Carmen Peters That is quite right. It occured in the mid Western part of the US as well.
May 28, 2014 · Reply
Filipe Medeiros That's amazing. I always considered that kind of old world religion - I often forget that a lot of that carried over to the US.
May 29, 2014 · Reply
Sylvia Maltzman You might be surprised to find how much superstition was mixed into daily life. When I was a Pagan, I learned about Celtic beliefs. Some Catholics in Ireland even today incorporate Celtic magical traditions into Catholic life. There's a blessing over the hearth fire which invokes Brigit to the front of the hearth and Mother Mary to the back of it. I guess that's to protect the house from burning down from sparks going either way. Not sure.
May 29, 2014 · Reply
Filipe Medeiros I was raised Catholic and I know there's a TON of Pagan/Celtic beliefs that were co-opted by the religion. Good point!
May 30, 2014 · Reply
Sal Six Yes they did dress girls and boys alike. My dad had long black ringlets past his shoulders until he was 5 yrs old :)
May 29, 2014 · Reply
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