J.H.Webb and Company advertisement, from The Lady of the House 1906
This advertisement gives a clear picture of the clothes a young and comfortably off boy might have been wearing at this period. The sailor suit was especially popular at the end of the 19th century, with variations for both boys and girls. While children of today might consider such an outfit uncomfortable and embarrassing to wear, it was no doubt preferable to some of the other popular outfits, such as the Little Lord Fauntleroy suit, which included a deep lace collar, a red sash and a plumed hat. The Lady of the House was a popular ladies’ periodical. While much of the content was concentrated on beauty and household matters, including an annual Champion Baby competition, it also included political and social material such as articles on Dublin slums and historical pieces on Ireland’s past.