What are the boys of Brooklyn wearing?

Fall fashion in 1912: this lad named Chester enjoys the cool ocean breeze in this stylish suit, modeled here at Sea Gate, on the western end of Coney Island.

A year earlier, in 1911, Chester sports the latest in versatile beach wear, as his mother Mildred ensures not a ray of sunshine will hit her body.

October 1887 — No ragamuffins here! On the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, some well-dressed boys attempt to barter with a street vendor — apples for chestnuts.

Grand Army Plaza, June 1895 — As bike riders stream past him and through the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch, the young biker on the left proves large bows prove no hindrance to sportsmanship.

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Photos by Wallace G. Levison, courtesy the Life photo archive