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New Fashioned Girls (Flapper Magazine, 1922)

Unearthed by a team of underpaid urban anthropologists digging all hours in the skankiest and most vile of magazine repositories was this single page of feminine poesy representative of an obscure, forgotten genre of Twentieth Century prosody that celebrated a brash cast of woman that was once known as a Flapper.
Alas, the name of the poet has been lost to time.

 

The Depiction of Mothers in Silent Film (Pathfinder, 1926

This one is from the "more things change, the more they stay the same" department; it was penned by an outraged woman who was plenty peeved that nascent Hollywood chose to cast geezers to play the rolls of mothers in their movies. In light of the fact that women had babies at far, far younger ages one hundred years ago, she illustrated her point with an anecdote pulled from the annals of the Chicago Police Department.

 

Comprehending the Flapper Revolt (Vanity Fair, 1921)

In the early Twenties there were a good many social changes which men had to struggle to understand; among them was the Modern Woman. The Italian novelist and lexicographer Alfredo Panzini (1863 - 1939) attempted to do just that for the editors of Vanity Fair.

"'Don't expect us', she says to you, disconsolate male, 'don't expect us to be like the old-fashioned girls who went to church, and did the laundry, and looked up to their husbands as to their God.'"

 

Flapper Poesy (Literary Digest, 1922)

More juvenile flapper verses revealing that the flapper is as old as history itself - and far more meddlesome than her male counterpart.

Click here to read a FLAPPER MAGAZINE review of an anti-flapper movie.

Click here to read an article about the demise of a popular 1940s hairstyle.

 

''Me & My Flapper Daughters'' (American Magazine, 1927)

A Victorian father embraced the spirit of the Flapper rebellion, welcomed it into his house and testified that it made his daughters better and their family bonds stronger.

 

Flappers Defy the Paris Dictators (Flapper Magazine, 1922)

"Will Paris succeed in imposing long skirts on the flappers of America?"

"Not if most of them have their way! When Paris started the short skirt fad and America eagerly aped it, the dressmakers figured that it would probably run its course and then die a sudden death. But no! For American flappers may be fickle but they know a good thing when they see it. And they intend to hang on to it."

Click here to read about another icon of the Twenties: Rudolph Valentino.

 


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