Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Flappers

“Bought four pigs off Mike Murnan and got them home this forenoon.  Commenced drawing wheat this afternoon.  Cleaned up and drew one load and cleaned up ten bags on another load.”


A flapper onboard ship (1929)
Flapper in the 1920s was a term applied to a "new breed" of young Western women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.
Flappers had their origins in the period of Liberalism, social and political turbulence and increased transatlantic cultural exchange that followed the end of the First World War, as well as the export of American jazz culture to Europe.  Despite its popularity, the flapper lifestyle and look could not survive the Wall Street Crash and the following Great Depression. The high-spirited attitude and hedonism simply could not find a place amid the economic hardships of the 1930s.

Actress Alice Joyce, 1926
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