[LMB] Colors

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 11 06:38:22 GMT 2022


I read, somewhere, someone  (I think Mark Twain) commented that the
Prussians were deep into wearing uniforms. Even minor government
functionaries would even dress up in a uniform that made people think they
were either a general or a parade conductor.

On Mon, Jan 10, 2022, 1:13 PM Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:

> In the late Middle Ages, Lords would have their followers dress in their
> livery.  On the battlefield,  this was usually a tabard in the lord's
> colors.
>
> On Mon, Jan 10, 2022, 4:12 AM Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > From: "M. Haller Yamada" <thefabmadamem at yahoo.com>
> >
> > I would guess that having everyone in "the same" uniform was something
> > that rulers were willing to splash out on . . . not sure about for common
> > people, but maybe??
> >
> > Gwynne: Military uniforms have the advantage that people were less likely
> > to
> > attack the wrong ones. Livery for servants is a display of wealth and, by
> > extension, power.
> >
> > In most cases; military uniforms, servants, religious groups, police, etc
> > - uniforms
> > made them easily identifiable, which for some groups was important for
> > emergencies, and for others brought the wearer respect, or donations, or
> > safety. And it has a definite impact, as a display of unity and power.
> >
> > Look at the reactions to the Barrayaran military uniforms, apparently
> > designed by some libidinous romantic, who came up with a uniform that
> > displays the wearer to great advantage and inspires strong reactions in
> >  those who see it. (As with Tej, frex. Mind you, Ivan is pretty
> impressive
> > in
> > any outfit.) And Duv's comments to Miles about the shiny boots, and later
> > '...sugar-plum-fairy...' Those uniforms have PRESENCE.
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