Dress Codes, Round 2

A while back, I posted about codifying attire at Hooters, Playboy Club, and Disneyland. Today, I’d like to share something amazing (as in, I am amazed) on a similar topic that I came across while researching the cartoons of Clifford K. Berryman.

Cartoons about gender norms and expectations interest me, so while I was looking for national representations in Berryman’s collected works, I saved this cartoon to investigate further:

"News Note: A decision has been reached by the board of education that in future the graduating dresses of high school girls must be built on more simple lines than in the past," 16 March 1911, Clifford Berryman

“News Note: A decision has been reached by the board of education that in future the graduating dresses of high school girls must be built on more simple lines than in the past,” 16 March 1911, Clifford Berryman

Little did I know that it would lead me down a rabbit hole of research (oh, wait, I kind of knew that might happen – see THIS ENTIRE BLOG), with scintillating results (if reading about board of education debates fits your definitions of “scintillating”). Here is a newspaper article explaining the school board’s decision:

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From The Washington Herald, 15 April 1911.

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