Vintage Portrait of two Babies in an Old Fashioned Antique Baby Carriage Buggy by Beverly & Pack | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
“Nowadays people just have to know the sex of a baby or young child at first glance.” The author of the article on Smithsonian.com means, of course, that boys wear blue, while girls wear pink. But it wasn’t always that way. Jo. B. Paoletti, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland and author of Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls From the Boys in America, to be published later this year, says:
“For centuries children wore dainty white dresses up to age 6. What was once a matter of practicality … became a matter of ‘Oh my God, if I dress my baby in the wrong thing, they’ll grow up perverted”.
As a matter of fact, “pink and blue arrived, along with other pastels, as colors for babies in the mid-19th century, yet the two colors were not promoted as gender signifiers until just before World War I”. The present-day color associations also weren’t accepted immediately. For instance, in 1927 Time magazine informed its readers that leading U.S. stores in Boston, New York City, Cleveland and Chicago “told parents to dress boys in pink”.
“Today’s color dictate wasn’t established until the 1940s, as a result of Americans’ preferences as interpreted by manufacturers and retailers.”
Source: When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink? By Jeanne Maglaty
In great-grandma’s time, little kids went around un-gendered
Today I’m posting links to the photos taken by Austrian photographer Alfred Georg Weissenegger. These images may be seen in his gallery on deviantART. If I was going to write something profound here, that could be: Art needs no comment.
lonely girl by alfred-georg on deviantART
ot47 by alfred-georg on deviantART
1. alfred-georg on deviantART
2. Alfred Weissenegger photo portofolio
3. ModelMayhem.com – alfred-georg – Photographer – Amstetten, Niederösterreich, Austria
A few months ago, I’ve posted links to the gallery of Funstyle Chu from Taipei, Taiwan. Today I’d like to mention another superb Chinese photographer, 许 哲桢 (Xu Zhen Zhe, 普渡众神 花 on Flickr) from Shanghai. His female portraits have especially a peculiar charm.
消逝的時光 by 普渡众神 花 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
lalalalala la~la by 普渡众神 花 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Flickr: 普渡众神 花’s Photostream
The photos for this week’s column are taken from Sailormary87‘s gallery on deviantART. Sailormary87 provides the following information about herself:
I’m Dorothy and I’m a student of Art at the University of Zielona Góra. I like Speed Metal and photo modeling.
These photos were taken with Konica Minolta Dynax 7D.
sailormary X by Sailormary87 on deviantART
sailormary 6 by Sailormary87 on deviantART
Sailormary87 on deviantART
The photos for this weekend’s column are taken from photomarker’s Gallery on deviantART. The photographer is Oleg Panarin from Moscow (or Andorra?). The model’s name is Olga. I don’t have any more information about them. All galleries of this photographer that I’ve managed to find weren’t updated for a while. One can read in comments to photos on devianART something like “beautiful Russian girl” and “wow”.
Olga II by photomarker on deviantART
1000001 photo about beauty by photomarker on deviantART
1. photomarker on deviantART
2. Oleg Panarin | PERSONAL PHOTO PAGE
3. Фотографии пользователя P. – Photosight.ru