Every postcard collector has a topical interest that spurs their interest in this great hobby. I’ve already posted about one of my favorites, Santa Claus. I’d now like to post about another, children in footed pajamas (or pyjamas- originally from the Persian word “payjama” meaning leg garment).
The Butt Flap
I noticed many of the postcards in my collection showed flaps in back. According to the blanket sleeper section on Wikipedia, the flap in back was called the drop seat, trap door, or butt flap. This flap allowed the wearer to use the toilet without removing the sleeper, and was traditionally closed with buttons. OK, then how does the wearer open the flap, then re-button when done if it’s in back? MOMMY!!
In some US states, laws were passed preventing zippers or buttons in back as it was considered abusive (the wearer being forced to ask for assistance when using the bathroom). This puzzled me. The footed pajama was worn mainly by infants (who didn’t know how to dress/undress themselves and used a diaper), and toddlers (who probably didn’t know how to dress/undress themselves, thus needing to ask for assistance any place). Some laws go just a teeny bit too far.
Another Footed Pajama Feature
The elastic back waist was a band around the rear half of the waist in larger sleepers designed to give a better fit. In many of the postcards in my collection, this is shown as a buttoned strip of cloth.
No matter what the specific pajama feature is, the children wearing footed pajamas on antique and vintage postcards are still darling.
Note: Marie over at The French Factrice blog is hosting Postcard Friendship Fridays. Hop on over to Marie’s and check out all the postcard enthusiasts sharing this week.
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