Title Flyer for Lewis & Company, Liverpool, manufacturer of boys' clothing
Book Condition Very Good
Seller ID 004552
N.d., circa 1860. Oblong, 14 by 24.5 cm. On one side is an illustration of seven boys sporting the company's high fashion of the moment, and the other side is info about the company and the offer to prospective customers to take the clothing on trial. Back to the illustration, the boys have the faces of Greek statuary, which represented an ideal of masculine beauty at the time, and hair of luxuriant wavy locks. Their pants taper down to tiny shoes -- the boys almost could be mistaken for having bound feet like upper crust Chinese women. The clothes on offer include a tunic suit, an inverness wrapper (a cape), coats, a Brighton suit, etc. The target market was boys 4 to 20. Age toning, and a touch of soiling. Two folds, as was probably how the advertisement was issued.