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Little Boy Blue—and Little Girls, Too?

The Winterthur Library, Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera

"Polly's Brother Percy," from "The Baltimore American," Sunday, October 16, 1910. A new book explores whether the clothes worn in childhood really make the man (or woman).
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When a new mother approaches with an infant swaddled in green, the modern-day American faces a dilemma: Is it a boy or a girl? Better not guess wrong. "Is that your, um, son?" we might ask, cringing inwardly if the child turns out to be a girl.


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