Style: Teddy Boys

Teenage gangs appeared in the early 1950’s in the East End of London calling themselves Cosh Boys. They wore a special rig: long jacket with velvet collar and cuffs drain-pipe trousers, (like under the reign of Edward VII (1901-1910), bright ankle socks and slim Jim tie. Thier hair were “long” and greased and worn high (remember this was Pre-Elvis). The Cosh Boys terrified the English society: razor attacks, fights between gangs and  police, robberies …  After the Second World War the Press needed a new term to describe these gangs. The name chosen was Teddy Boy. Teddy Boys were the first youth group in England to differentiate themselves as teenagers, helping create a huge youth market.

Photo by Ben Watts

Photo by Ben Watts

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Posted on May 9, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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