Thursday, December 13, 2012


Traditionally, when children in Germany and Austria set off for their first day in school upon entering first grade, their parents or grandparents present them with a big cardboard cone, prettily decorated and filled with toys, chocolate, candies, school supplies, and various other goodies: a Zuckertüte (or 'sugar cone'). It is given to children to make this anxiously awaited first day of school a little bit sweeter.
Looking at these pictures from the 1920's - 1930's, there was also a tradition of berets (and sailor outfits) for the young Germans going to school. 

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