I love this image of Catherine Miller Best and her brother John Miller. My father loved it too but grumbled that they stuffed him into a girl's dress. It was probably a hand-me-down from his sister. I believe the photo was taken by their father, Charlie Miller, in 1917.
I wanted to share this family photo of Catherine Best with the community. Location: Owen Sound, Ontario Canada. Date: 1917
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Oh, this is such a heart-warming photo! Thanks so much for sharing it, and for including some historical background, too. Back in the 1890s and early 1900s, young children usually did wear dresses for quite a while. There was even a word for the occasion when a boy first wore pants, called "breeching," which we don't hear much these days now that boys no longer wear dresses anymore.
According to this 10 Oct 2009 article by Judy Mercer in The Herald Bulletin, cloth diapers were fairly new in the late 1880s, when the Victorian age transformed the idea of parenting and child-rearing--and parents apparently attempted to keep very young children 'sexless' and innocent as long as possible by keeping them dressed in dresses equally.
In History: Why Little Boys Wore Dresses