Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Flapper and Tagged!

Hello Dear Ones. I'd like to share with you today a 'yard long' picture of a lady my Mother gave me many years ago. This picture belonged to my Mother and was given to her when she was a girl by her uncle who ran a little general store. It was an advertising picture, but I don't know of what. At the bottom you can see this huge, out of place rose where the name of something was covered up. It wasn't covered up too well because you can see an 'S' peeping out.
Well, I have had this picture for a very long time now and I've always loved it! You know how it is when you're so used to seeing something, you really don't see it at all! Well, I went in to look at it today and started to study the little gal standing there with that little smug look on her face.

I don't think I've thought about how young she is. Look at that little face - how old would you think she might be - around 17 or 18 years old? Well, she is definitely a FLAPPER! This got me to thinking, what really was a FLAPPER? I've seen the olden movies where the gals are flipping around and doing the Charleston. So I did a little research. The word FLAPPER came about during the era known as The Roaring Twenties because these young things unstrapped the buckles of their shoes so when they walked by you'd hear the flap flap of the straps and buckles. But there was more than just flapping buckles going on with these little cuties! :0
The FLAPPER was a new breed of young womanhood who showed disdain for conventional dress and behavior. She was trying to fly before her wings were fully developed! Flap flap! This little gal smoked, drank, messed around, took risks and danced and danced and danced! She cut her hair into boyish looking bobs, wore makeup, threw away the waist cinching corsets. Now while reading about the corset business, I wanted to share this with you: these little ladies opted for "step-in" panties ;) and wore simple bust bodices to make their chest hold still while dancing. They did wear a softer kind of corset that reached passed the hips and smoothed the whole figure giving a straight up and down appearance. Without the added curves of the old fashioned corset, this promoted their boyish look and soon early popular bras were sold to flatten and reduce the appearance of the bust. I've seen this straight up and down look in some olden movies, haven't you? I must admit, I just thought the actresses were not very endowed! ;)
They wore lots of gaudy jewelry and piled on layers of bead necklaces. They wore makeup and especially bright red lipsticks! The FLAPPER was often only a temporary lifestyle for young women who still expected to settle down, get married, and have a family. The FLAPPER represented youth and freedom, but most women understood that their footloose and fancy free lifestyle was only a phase of their lives.

This little gal in my picture seems to be wearing an engagement ring. I've never even noticed that before! Maybe she was almost through with her FLAPPER days and ways!
Isn't that a little pinkie ring she's wearing?
I think someone loved her and gave her a rose!
The out of proportion rose covering up the advertisement!
Despite the FLAPPER popularity, that lifestyle and look couldn't survive the Wall Street Crash and the following Great Depression. The high spirited attitude simply couldn't find a place amid the economic hardships of the 1930s.

So my hat goes off to our little FLAPPER gal! Actually, these young women were paving the way for us today! So we can't knock them too much, can we? We can vote now! We can get educated! We can have careers and we can blog! Yay, little Flapper gals!

Hope you've enjoyed your lesson on FLAPPERS!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)


I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Flappers are we
Flappers are we
Flappers and fly and free.
Never too slow
All on the go
Petting parties with the smarties.
Dizzy with dangerous glee
Puritans knock us
Because the way we're clad.
Preachers all mock us
Because we're not bad.
Most flippant young flappers are we!
-- "Tea for Two" from "No, No, Nanette" by Vincent Youmans


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Now for my tag!
My sweet friend, Roberta Anne http://booposo.blogspot.com/ has tagged me with this fun game and I'll do my best. She had borrowed this mysterious lady from her tagging partner, so I thought I'd borrow her too.

Here are the rules of the TAG...Tell seven things that people may not know about you...Link to the person who tagged you...Then give the links of the people you are going to tag.
(You're suppose to tag 7 but Roberta Anne tagged three so I will too).

1. I don't drink coffee, never have, but must have my carbonated beverage in the morning. Right now it's Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper.

2. I have a thing for everything having it's own place and everything being in it's own place. Mr. Precious doesn't feel the same about this! Awgh!!

3. I read cook books like you would read a novel.

4. All through jr. and hi. schoool, each Sunday afternoon I went to the nursing home and played the piano for the sweet little oldies church service.

5. Love olden movies - the ones from the 40s and 50s.

6. I love to change this in my house - if things stay the same for too long, I will have sleepless night wondering how to change things around.

7. I need 'my alone time'. I love people, but must have some time for myself by myself or I began to get irritable! Maybe because I don't have brothers and sisters and spent a lo
t of time by myself as a child. I don't know. Please, I vant to be alone~! lol

Okay, now I will pass this tag along to these sweeties:

1. Mildred at http://nalleyvalley.blogspot.com/
2. Angelo at http://angelosurmelis.blogspot.com/
3. Linnea at http://neabear.blogspot.com/

Now sweet ones, come on and tell us some secrets!

Continue to be a bunch of sweeties,
Sheila :)