Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What are the boys of Brooklyn wearing?



Fall fashion in 1912: this lad named Chester enjoys the cool ocean breeze in this stylish suit, modeled here at Sea Gate, on the western end of Coney Island.



A year earlier, in 1911, Chester sports the latest in versatile beach wear, as his mother Mildred ensures not a ray of sunshine will hit her body.



October 1887 -- No ragamuffins here! On the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, some well-dressed boys attempt to barter with a street vendor -- apples for chestnuts.



Grand Army Plaza, June 1895 -- As bike riders stream past him and through the Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch, the young biker on the left proves large bows prove no hindrance to sportsmanship.

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Photos by Wallace G. Levison, courtesy the Life photo archive

1 comment:

  1. Chester looks just thrilled in the first photo. I can't imagine relaxing and enjoying the beach in such a getup! www.satisfiedsole.com

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