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)