Colors

December 15, 2010

It’s so funny when someone freaks out about pink shirts for baby boys or blue bedding for baby girls.

In a 1918 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal a writer offers this advice to new mothers. “There has been a great diversity of debate on the subject but the generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger colour, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Pink was traditionally used for little boys as pink is derived from red, which is a strong and powerful color. Light blue, reflective of the color of the clothing worn by The Virgin Mary in paintings, was left for little girls. It wasn’t until post WWII that the color choices for girls and boys were reversed.

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