All Frocked Up


Detail of image.

Arthur (left) and Russell (right), the two sons of J.W. Smith, the first mayor of the city of Regina. From the studio of the photographer Rigby, Regina.

Saskatchewan Archives Board — Photograph R-A6504

The urge to make a child's gender obvious by dress is comparatively recent. In earlier periods young boys and girls were commonly dressed in similar clothes, garments which we would today describe as feminine. The gender differentiation of males happened near the age of five with a first hair cut, a shirt with a collar, and trousers.