A NEW SCHOOL YEAR STARTS
The gymnasium students were wearing two-breasted coats in fair-grey colour with two rows of smooth silver buttons and dark-blue buttonholes, edged by a white piping. On the coat’s back there was a strap with two similar buttons.
The headwear was a dark-blue cap with a lacquered black visor and silver badge featuring two crossed laurel branches and a gymnasium number between them.
In summer the gymnasium students wore a black shirt, belted with a black lacquered belt with a silver metal badge revealing a pressed gymnasium number.
Gymnasium students with teachersи
In junior classes school backpacks were in wear. The backpacks were made from seal skin, what made them look rather neat. In senior classes standard schoolbags were the must.
A gymnasium student
The real schools (those ones focused on biology-technical subjects) uniform stood out with the following features: a black coat, golden buttons, yellow edging, the badge on a black cap and pendant on the belt were black.
Real school uniform
The commercial schools had a black coat, golden buttons, dark-green edging and black cap with a dark-green visor. The exclusion was only for the Emperor’s commercial school with a blue edging and shoulder straps with a big monogram, on the coat.
The university students had a two-breasted uniform coat of dark-green (bottle) colour or black. The buttons were golden with eagle. The cap was dark-green. The button-hole, cap-visor and the edging on the uniform coat were blue. No shoulder straps, no emblems on the cap.
The text is based on the “Tender Old Petersburg” book by P.A. Piskaryev and L.L. Uplauba (The Russian Institute of Arts History)