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Help with uniform identification please

Help with uniform identification please

Posted: 30 Jun 2013 6:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 4 Jul 2013 7:15PM GMT
I have a photo of a female possibly late teens/early 20's, I think taken in the early 1900s at Ping Pong Studios Islington, she is wearing a dark dress/top and skirt just below the knee, she has a white sash going across her body, white gloves, not wearing a tie but its like a scalloped collar, she is wearing boots and a kind of Mountie style hat, up at one side - there is nothing written on the photo and I have googled all the groups I can think of bu to no avail, can anyone help please?

Re: Help with uniform identification please

Posted: 30 Jun 2013 6:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
It will be easier for someone to help if you'll attach a copy of the photo.

Re: Help with uniform identification please

Posted: 6 Jul 2013 2:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Early St John’s Ambulance, Red Cross & Girl Guides were quickly eliminated leaving me to conclude the uniform could be an early version of that worn by a forerunner of the Church Girls Brigade or similar organisation; the “white sash” has a pouch just below the belt.

As the picture was taken in England it could be the Girls Life Brigade founded by the National Sunday School Union in 1902, modelled on the Girls Brigade,Ireland (f 1893) and the Girls Guidry,Scotland (f 1900).

I’ve not been able to locate an image that is the exact same but if you google for – girls life brigade 1900 – although the dress is different you should see the Slouch style hat features in the uniform shown in an illustration of “early girls life brigade” but no date.

If you click on the image you should be taken to a page describing Civilian Uniforms, scroll down to Youth Organisations (3/4 down the page, you will see just above the image it describes the early boys uniform of the 1920’s &1930’s, but it’s obvious some text is missing when it ends with, “The remainder of the uniform would be a dark blue skirt, white blouse and (for some) a blue jacket.” So it’s certainly possible the earlier version could be like in the picture.

To get confirmation I can only suggest you contact the Church Lads’ & Church Girls’ Brigade Archivist Robin Bolton see
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