U.S. people in the 1920s
Menschen in den U.S.A (1920er)

Here we collect some photos of people in the U.S. in the 1920s combined with informative descriptions.

Hier sammeln wir einige Bilder, die U.S. Bürger der 1920er zeigen, und dazu kurze informative Texte.

Boys 1922
A little red wagon (we are not sure if this one was red) was a basic accoutrement of American boyhood. Every boy either had one or wanted one. They very commonly appeared under the Christmas tree. Boys commonly wore flat caps in the 1920s, no other cap even came close. Notice how the cap here snapped to the brim. World War I resulted in many fashion shifts, mostly toward a greater informality in dress. The boy's shirt here is a good example of this. Open collars were much less common before the War. In America they were called a sports collar, similar to the German Schiller collar. Many garments made the transition from the 1910s and chief among them were knickers. They were mostly worn with black long stockings. Sneakers appeared in the 1910s, but were not very common. They greatly increased in popularity during the 1920s. The high-top style were common. Boys wore them for play, but not commonly to school.

Jungen 1922
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Boy 1923
Another example of the increasing informality in dress was a variety of play suits. Some like the Oliver Twist suits were suitable for informal dressy occasions. Other like coveralls were one-piece play suits. This boys wear a two-piece button-play suit. The plain styling shows that it was primarily a play suit. Short pants were not as popular in America as they were in Europe. Often like the shorts the boy here is wearing were quite long, as long as the knee pants that were more popular earlier in the century. It was still very common for American boys to go barefoot. This was not not necessarily a sign of poverty. Many boys went barefoot which was not especially prevalent in the South and rural areas in general.

Junge 1923

Boy 1925
This little boy wears a severely cut bangs hair style. Bangs were widely worn by boys and girls. Severe cuts like this were most common with pre-school boys. He wears a white play suit with a square cut open collar. Again we see the popular wagon to cart around important boyhood items. The wheels tell us that this was an older one. The white stockings and strap shoes were more common for girls by the 1920s, but were also worn by some pre-school boys. We see tan-colored long stockings beginning to replace black long stockings for younger boys. Mother here has chosen white long stockings to go along with his white play suit.

Junge 1925

Family 1926
This boy is dressed very similarly to the first boy in the 1922 picture. He has a flat cap, knickers, and black long stockings. The basic difference is his shirt. Notice that he is wearing a shirt rather than a blouse. Boys in the 1920s began asking mother for shirts rather than blouses which they began to see as suitable only for girls or little boys.

Familie 1926

Boys 1927
These brothers wear flat caps with matching knicker suits. Notice the single-breasted styling. (Norfolk styling which was popular in the 1910s declined in popularity during the 1920s). The suits have vests (waistcoats). They wear bowties which were declining in popularity, but were still worn. Notice that they are wearing rather sporty knee socks with their knicker suits. Knee socks were beginning to replace long stockings by the late 1920s, although many younger boys continued to wear them in the 30s. Both boys wear high-top shoes. They were also being replaced with low-cut oxfords during the 20s.

Jungen 1927

Children 1928
This little boy wears bangs like his sister. He also wears a velvet Little Lord Fauntleroy suit. Notice the open cut-away jacket. Fauntleroy suits went out of style after the turn-of-the 20th century. We still see younger boys wearing them into the 1930s. He wears an Eton-style collar. We begin to see ankle socks by the late-20s. And he also wears low-cut oxfords, another popular style in the 20s. The girl wears a dress. Most girls did in the 1920s, although we see some girls wearing bloomer romper outfits for play and at camp. She is wearing tan long stockings. Tan generally replaced black as the most popular colour for long stockings.

Kinder 1928

Boy 1930
Sailor suits were still worn in the 1920s, but they were more popular for girls. We note girls of all ages wearing them - even high school girls. They of course wore their middy blouses with skirts. They were also a common gym uniform for girls, normally worn with bloomers. Sailor suits were also worn by boys, mostly pre-school and younger grade-school boys. The boy here seems to be wearing a red scarf with his middy blouse. He is also wearing knee socks (which have fallen down) with his short pants. Note the low-cut oxford shoes. In the 1930s high-top shoes generally went out of style for both boys and girls.

Junge 1930

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