What Children Wore

Above: Child's shoe, possibly made by John Eales. Born in South Brent, 69 year old John, shoemaker, was living in Ashburton by 1881.
1881 census RG11, piece no 2161, folio 72, p19
Frances Berry collection
Above left: Child circa 1905, aged about 5, Staffordshire
Above right:
Child circa 1911, Cornwall,when wide-brimmed hats were fashionable. The wooden structure that the child is sitting on would have been made inside the photographer's studio.
Below left: Child in 1912, aged 9, Ashburton Devon
Below right:
Group of siblings, circa 1928, Staffordshire. It was now fashionable for girls to have short hair.
In all of these photographs the children would have been in their 'Sunday best' clothes.
Photos: Anne Bligh collection


Above and right:
A lace collar and a little girl wearing it. America, 1922.
The collar was sewn on, and then detached when the dress was laundered - or when it was wanted for a new outfit. It fastened with a press-stud at the front. Originally white, it was later dyed with coffee.
The doll that the girl is holding belonged to her mother, and before that to her mother's aunt (or possibly great-aunt).
Barbara Rowland collection

From Vanessa Griffitih: 'It was about 1956 when Neil Nimmo, a celebrated commercial photographer of the day, chose to use my four year old brother Michael for much of his work. The year before, we had moved fromKent to Haslemere in Surrey and found ourselves living in the road adjoining where Neil and his family lived. The children of both households were of a similar age so we mixed with them socially and also became used to seeing Neil with his tripod and medium format camera using our house and garden for some of his shoots. I often wonder if this influence is why I went on to become a photographer myself!

Neil Nimmo's work over the years, in which my brother featured, was for British Gas, Ribena, Spratts' Bonio, the D-Type Jaguar, Morris Mini-Minor, Cadbury's Biscuits, Band-Aid, covers for the Amateur Photographer magazine, Spillers' Flour and Grattons' Catalogue and the Conservative Party. This is not an exhaustive list but does feature some of the key clients.'

Viyella advertisement from the 1950s. Is there more than a passing resemblance to a pair of royal children of the time, complete with corgi dog?
Vanessa Griffith collection

In 1893 James and Robert Sissons, who worked for William Hollins and Company, developed a fabric that was a mix of wool and cotton - originally 55% merino wool and 45% cotton.
The mill where the textile was produced was on the Via Gellia road, near Matlock in Derbyshire, which became the inspiration for the name of  the new material - Viyella. The brand was first registered as a trademark in 1894, the first branded fabric in the world.
https://www.sandersmenswear.com/buy-online/viyella-history.html - Accessed 3-03-2017