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Pondering the “Juvenile Collar Question”

Juvenile Collar Question

The Juvenile Collar Question booklet by Williams, Greene and Rome

With the late arrival of spring, we’ve been thinking about fashion in the GSR lately. When liberated from winter outerwear, boots and sweaters, we gravitate towards summer clothing – often neglecting to realize that spring mornings can be quite cool and wet.

As for me, I’ve been pondering the “Juvenile Collar Question” posed by Berlin’s Williams, Greene and Rome shirt makers. I came across this booklet in the collection and have been enchanted by the idea that children’s collars could actually be a pressing fashion issue. Popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, children’s collars served to dress up an outfit and allowed for expression of style or status. Williams, Green and Rome, a clothing factory in Berlin, produced this booklet to advertise its products.

Children's collar styles - Williams, Greene and Rome

Collar styles for children from the Williams, Greene and Rome Co. of Berlin, ON

I was also fascinated by the multitude of traditional collar styles available for boys in their catalogue.

Collar styles - Williams, Greene and Rome

Collar styles for boys from Williams, Greene and Rome, Berlin, ON

Be sure to stop by the GSR to see our “Spring into Fashion” display. Many thanks go to my colleague, Karen, for her creative interpretation of Kitchener style!

Cheers, Karen

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6 thoughts on “Pondering the “Juvenile Collar Question”

  1. M. Schumacher says:

    I really enjoy the Local History blog and this entry is especially charming! I wonder if you could include a photo of the display – I can’t get in but would love to see it!

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