Early Images of Childhood

16th-17th-Century Children's Clothing
Click here for an online exhibit of children's fashions from 1740-1940
from the Kent State University Museum

        Swaddling                                                  Child's "Stays' (corset), c. 1775

17th-Century Puritan Children

Children Learning to Read at a Dame School

Portrait of Puritan Children (David, Joanna and Abigail Mason), 1670
(How old do you think they are?)

Changing Views of Children in the Family After Locke (18th Century)

The "Natural" Child After Rousseau (late 18th-early 19th centuries)