Roy Sherman Childers Childers family photo
Shelia Lyon

Roy Sherman Childers

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. ... show more

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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
Reply posted Jun 11, 2003 10:14 am
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
Reply posted Jun 12, 2004 12:20 pm
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.
Reply posted May 23 1:52 pm
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.
Reply posted Jun 12 12:09 pm
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!
Reply posted May 23 2:52 pm
Phyllis Laraway I was told it was easier to potty train them with dresses on who know
Reply posted May 24 3:53 am
Filipe Medeiros This is the first time I've ever heard a sensible reason for why they did this
Reply posted May 27 4:24 pm
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.
Reply posted May 28 11:08 am
Carmen Peters That is quite right. It occured in the mid Western part of the US as well.
Reply posted May 28 3:03 pm
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.
Reply posted May 29 10:53 am
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.
Reply posted May 29 2:15 pm
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!
Reply posted May 30 4:25 pm
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 :)
Reply posted May 29 4:55 pm
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