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Adelaide Springett was so ashamed of her tattered boots, she took them off for this 1901 photograph. Adapted from Spitalfields Nippers by Horace Warner, published by Spitalfields Life Books, £20.

Portraits of the Spitalfields Nippers taken by photographer in book

Adelaide Springett was so ashamed of her tattered boots, she took them off for this 1901 photograph. Adapted from Spitalfields Nippers by Horace Warner, published by Spitalfields Life Books, £20.

Edwardian street style: Astonishing amateur images which capture the fashion of women in London and Paris over a century ago    By Mail On Sunday Reporter

Edwardian street style: Astonishing amateur images which capture the fashion of women in London and Paris over a century ago

Edwardian street style: Astonishing amateur images which capture the fashion of women in London and Paris over a century ago By Mail On Sunday Reporter

Spitalfields nippers: rare photographs of London street kids in 1901 – in pictures

Spitalfields nippers: rare photographs of London street kids in 1901 – in pictures

This is an English girl's dress of about 1760. It is a fashionable dress made from expensive Chinese export silk, but it has a thrifty secret.      To us, it often looks as if children in the past were miniature adults, particularly in the way they were dressed. This girl's dress echoes fashionable women's dresses of the period. like them, it was worn over tight stays and voluminous petticoats.

This is an English girl's dress of about 1760. It is a fashionable dress made from expensive Chinese export silk, but it has a thrifty secret. To us, it often looks as if children in the past were miniature adults, particularly in the way they were dressed. This girl's dress echoes fashionable women's dresses of the period. like them, it was worn over tight stays and voluminous petticoats.

Child's short dress and basque waistband of pale sea green velvet trimmed with lace and blue ribbon (front), English, ca. 1870. The basque waistband has three tabs, one at the front and two at the back.

Child's dress

Child's short dress and basque waistband of pale sea green velvet trimmed with lace and blue ribbon (front), English, ca. 1870. The basque waistband has three tabs, one at the front and two at the back.

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