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Korean Boy, Engaged to be Married

c. 1910-1920


Photo c. 1910-1920

A Korean boy in traditional dress wears the horsehair hat which symbolizes that he is engaged to be married.

Library of Congress Prints and Photos, Frank and Francis Carpenter Collection
This youth will soon be married, as shown by his traditional horse-hair hat. He seems to be about eight or nine years old, which was not an unusual age for marriage during this period. Nonetheless, he looks rather worried - whether about his upcoming nuptials, or because he's having his picture taken, it's impossible to say.

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