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Pink is for Boys by Joan Lennon

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Don’t be silly, I hear you say – pink is for girls – everybody knows that!  Well, maybe, but it wasn’t always so.  Listen to this –

“The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”

That’s from an article in a 1918 magazine Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department – and there are loads more references to pink being a boy colour in the past.  Here are some paintings – see what I mean?

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Queen Victoria and little Prince Arthur by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1850)

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Young Boy with Whip by Anonymous American School Painting (1840)

  (Boys and girls used to be dressed the same, until at 4 or 5 years old, the boys were “breeched” – put into trousers)

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  Detail from a painting by Pierre-Denis Martin of Louis XV as a child (18th century)(source:  AnticStore)

So who knows what the fashion will be 100 years from now?  Will we be saying “Pink is for elephants – everybody knows that!”?  What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Pink is for Boys by Joan Lennon

  1. Male prison dress in French speaking parts of Africa is often pink – it apparently comes from a tendency for the French to dress small boys in pink.

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