In this image a young boy models a Hussar overcoat made by the clothing manufacturing firm John Barran & Sons. At the time of the photograph, the firm was located in a building designed by Thomas Ambler and completed in 1877, in St.Paul's Street with views onto the Georgian Park Square. There was also an additional factory built in 1888 in Hanover Lane as the company expanded over the years. Clothing manufactured for boys was a major part of Barran's business and orders for these ready-to-wear, miniature suits and coats arrived from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and the Continent. Some of the clothes were designed as fancy dress, for example, pirate's costumes, guardsman's and beefeater's uniforms. The young 'model' is Herbert Giles (b.1885) who was the son of Arthur Giles, a sewing machine fitter (machine smith) at John Barran's. on the 1891 Census Herbert was listed with his family at number 1 Stratford Street in Hunslet.
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