A popular summer activity in America is the reenaction of historical events and eras. Probably the most popular activity is the reinaction of Civil War battles. Men are the keenest participants as they like
Figure 1.--This boy in preparing for an Independece Day parade representing the era after the turn of the century. The middy blouse and pants, however, are not historically accurate creations.
Other activities with the participants dressing up in period costumes
include old car rallies as well as parades of all descriptions, and a wide variety of
local historical society productions.
These reinactions are often most popular with women and girls, except fpr the Civil
War reenactions. Women and girls seem to genuinely enjoy dressing up in the varied fashions
of the day from bussels to bloomers. For the boys it is a bit diffrent. Younger boys also enjoy dressing
uo, especially if the costume is something exciting like a Civil War
buggle boy. Some boys fashions like Buster Brown or Fauntleroy suits,
kilts, or even sailor suits are a bit suspect for todays fashion conscious
boy who feels much more at home in jeans. As a result, there is often a
lack of boy volunteers for these events, but mon always appears capable to
convince a few boys to participate.
The historical accuracy of these costumes is often lacking. The big exception to this are
often closely monitored Civil War reenactions where monitors are careful to make sure that
all aspects of the 20th century, such as wristwatches are removed.
Available infomations on these reinaction events include:
18th century: Nany European countries sponsor all kinds of historival pagents.
Turn of the century: Turn of the century reenactions are popular in auto ralies and in July 4 parades.
Related Links: Careful, this will exit you from Boys' Historical Clothes
Canadian fashions: Some interesting images on how Canadian children dressed at the turn of the century
Mom: Some interesting images on how mom dressed
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