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The History Of The Pocket

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Webster’s dictionary  defines a pocket as:

a : a small bag carried by a person : purse.

b : a small bag that is sewed or inserted in a garment so that it is open at the top or side.


My Research Of The “Pocket”:

After a comprehensive amount of research, I found it ironic; I wasn’t able to stumble on the specific date for the invention of the pocket. It history-pocketsappears that pockets changed throughout history. Pockets have been a component of style and part of our civilization throughout history (over 400 years) since the seventeenth century.

Did you know that pockets started as bags not even incorporated into clothing? During the archaic era people used rawhide or cloth pouches to hold their useful belongings. It was first noticed in the 13th century when pockets appeared in the European’s garments.  According to historian Rebecca Unsworth, it was in the late 15th century that pockets became more noticeable. During the 16th century, pockets increased in popularity and prevalence.

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Pockets Were Left Out In The Open, Exposed:

From the seventeenth century to the late nineteenth century, most ladies had no less than one set of pockets, which filled a comparable need as a woman’s purse does today. Lady’s pockets were exposed or  noticeable in late 1760. Soon after, they were normally worn underneath their petticoat (underskirts). In the eighteenth century, ladies quite often had a couple of pockets hidden on their person. Be that as it may, these were not sewn into the apparel she wore.

Ladies would fill their pockets with coins, jewelry, beauty products, perfumes, and snacks like cakes and oranges! Since ladies’ garments of that day and age frequently comprised of skirts with an under-slip and a swing underneath. The arrangement, rather, was to have ladies tie their pockets around their midsections between the underskirt and the petticoat. Everyday dresses were simple, homemade garments made of wool or linen. These dresses were worn over top a long sleeved undergarment that had one of more petticoats.

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The Pick-Pockets:

history-pocketsAlbeit, as indicated by London’s V&A gallery ladies’ attire didn’t generally have interior pockets for the greater part of history. During the middle age, men carried purses because medieval clothing had no pockets. A decorated belt was worn around the hips. From this belt hung either a pouch, sword or dagger. The pockets were frequently connected through strings or little belts and the size of these pockets deferred .

The clothing had no sewn-in pockets and both men and women carried their possessions with them in pouches. Their pouches were tied to their belts, often on the outside of their clothing, so less secure. During the eighteenth and nineteenth hundreds, cheats known as ‘pickpockets’ took men’s wallets by cutting the strings. In any case, numerous pockets were stolen.  In the 20th century, when full skirts returned to the height of fashion from 1947 on wards, pockets also appeared once more. This time usually sewn in and they were often made a feature of the design.


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The Pocket Inequality:

Now, let’s take a look at the pockets in today’s world. Have you noticed that pockets are few and far between in women apparel? Men apparel (pants and shirts) have deep useful pockets. But, women clothing generally has a pocket look, sewn together, or little pockets. Not to mention grown women who would like functional pockets have a difficult time finding them. Again, as stated in this article. Once upon a time women and girls made their external pockets and hid them beneath voluminous petticoats. Even still, today you’re likely to find a fake pocket or one that can hardly hold a dime when browsing for pants in the women’s sections of your favorite apparel store. Can we call this “pocket inequality”?            LOL                      I’ll let you decide…

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Trivia Question:

history-pocketsLastly, since we’re on the subject of “The History Of The Pocket”, I wanted to through one more thing at you. You know that little pocket that sets at the inside top of most jeans. Yeah, that one! Well, you better not put any coins in there, because; you’ll get a cramp in you pointer finger when you try to retrieve them. Now, here’s the trivia question. What is the purpose of that little pocket?

  1. This pocket was made for chewing tobacco.
  2. Made to hide small valuables.
  3. Create for the watch, during the cowboy time era.

 

 

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