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When were smocks in fashion

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There are times when in early images of the canal, the boatmen are shown to wear a smock.

 

For example the Middlewich Branch in 1839.

 

Middlewich Rly B1.jpg

 

It would the horse was annoyed by the steam locomotive !

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Smocks were de rigeur on children right through to the thirties, whether boy or girl. Agricultural workers wore them until the beginning of the Victorian period when they went out of fashion.

The person in the sketch may well be a younger boat person?

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I often wear my sailing smock with a marsupial pouch in which I keep my baccy and lighter safe.

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Adge Cutler wore a smock late into the 20th century. It can't have been a poor person thing, because he had a brand new combine harvester and 23 acres, and I'm not sure he didn't go on to marry a woman with 43 acres.

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My eccentric hippy English master at school (this was the early 1970s) made his own clothes. One day he turned up in a smock he had made himself. With hindsight that must have been quite brave, in front of a class of 13 year old boys wearing suits/blazers and tie.

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Certainly popular along the Essex/Suffolk coast in the 70's/80's, my one was made by the local sailmaker at Bell Warf out of offcuts of sailcloth. Still got it and it's still fit for use although a bit harder to get into these days . . .

Made in the right material they are windproof and can be waxed too. The simple design means there is little chance of it getting snagged which is an aid to safety.

If memory serves I seem to remember a picture of Robin Knox Johnson sporting one on Suhaili.

 

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7 minutes ago, Man 'o Kent said:

Certainly popular along the Essex/Suffolk coast in the 70's/80's, my one was made by the local sailmaker at Bell Warf out of offcuts of sailcloth. Still got it and it's still fit for use although a bit harder to get into these days . . .

Made in the right material they are windproof and can be waxed too. The simple design means there is little chance of it getting snagged which is an aid to safety.

If memory serves I seem to remember a picture of Robin Knox Johnson sporting one on Suhaili.

 

I use to wear one, I am now wondering what happened to it. Made by Yarmouth Stores

 

They still make them https://www.yarmouthoilskins.com/product/the-classic-smock/

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