by Lesley Drayton, Curator, Fort Collins Local History Archive
One of my favorite authors as a child was Frances Hodgson Burnett, who penned such children’s classics as The Secret Garden and A Little Princess. While she was entertaining the masses with her wonderful stories, however, she also had a surprising impact on fashion with her 1886 tale Little Lord Fauntleroy. Cedric, the story’s central character, wore elaborate velvet outfits with ruffled collars; this “Fauntleroy Suit” became a major fad for American middle-class children’s formal wear, lasting into the early 20th century.
Fort Collins boys were not exempt from this fashion trend. Check out these stylish lads:
I wonder how many of these suits can still be found in local attics?