Why Did Baby Boys Start Wearing Blue Instead Of Pink?

12 June 2018, 16:09 | Updated: 12 June 2018, 16:40

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Mystery Hour Question

Baby boys used to wear pale pink to symbolise kingship, at what point did this change to the baby blue we're all familiar with?

Jen, Bristol

Answer

**Definitive**

Name: Paul, Guildford

Qualification: Read it from a book, ‘Connections’ by James Burke

Answer: Prior to the mid-nineteenth century there weren’t any blue dyes available. They then became affordable and more widely available and saw blue replacing pink for boys.

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