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

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 :)


  1. Cute cute post, Sheila, girl...
    my mother was a flapper and the cutest thing you ever saw. I have some photos of her somewhere and now, I need to dig them out.
    Your tag answers were just full of cuteness and so many were ME, too.
    hugs, bj

  2. I learned so much this morning. Thank you! I wonder why the "artist" didn't paint a dog at the flapper's feet? I think as I look at her that today she'd be thought "fat." See how warped we've become?

    I'm a neatnik too and have long held the belief that if an item is put back where it belongs, it will always be waiting to be found. Nothing gets lost!

  3. Shelia, I really enjoyed reading about the flappers. I never have thought about them really. You are right, they were paving the way.

    Enjoyed the tags too. :)

    By the way, I love to be around people - some every day. BUT I have to have alone time too.

  4. Loved that photo of yours!! I really like that charleston style!! The dresses were so good lookin'...

    Have a great day!


  5. Oh I love that picture!!!
    How beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. Oh I love that picture!!!
    How beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  7. I love the story and picture of the FLAPPER!!! Very pretty!!

    Flappers also paved the way for YOU to be the QUEEN of the SNAPPING BATHROOM DIVAS!!! LOL!!!

    No coffee? Me either!!!

    Great 7 things!!


  8. I love this old photo. What a treasure to have and such an interesting history about flappers. Thanks for passing along the award and I look forward to playing along. Blessings to you and your Mom this day.

  9. Hello my sweetie... I have missed you a lot... LOVE the flapper photo and story... How wonderful it all was... I would be tempted to take the picture to be restored... have the rose taken off... I am NOSEY... Loved your answers on your tag... Good ones. I haven't been on for over a week and missed everyone terribly but when we RV with our group I am such a busy body I am out around 7:30 AM and don’t settle down till 11 PM... Then I am exhausted... LOL LOL you know Happy Hour and all... Love ya lots Miss Shelia
    Hugs & Kisses

  10. Thank you for the little education about flappers, Shelia. Your picture looks wonderful and especially precious since it came from your mom...Christine

  11. I LOVED the lesson about Flappers....very interesting!!! Also, always love reading more about you. I too HAVE to have my alone time!!!!!

  12. Two of my aunts grw up in that peroid. They even did the Charleston for me one day. Love the picture. Kathy

  13. Sheila:
    I love the "Flapper" and the background behind it. This picture must be a treasure to you. I love your seven things to and weirdly enough they could all be my things too.
    Roberta Anne

  14. I have never heard of the term flapper before. I have seen many woman dressed like this in the movies my dad watches. Very interested!!!!! When it comes to the noise that their shoes make.. I have two flappers here that I gave birth to,.

  15. Amazing to learn all these details on Flappers! Wow.... I have loved being enlightened! ;) Thanks for always stopping by "my place" and leaving such Sweet Comments! ;) ~CC Catherine

  16. Hello my dear Sheila, yes, it is me at last. I am feeling better today and I am so happy to be able to say hello again to you. Thank you so much for your wonderful words of encouragement, prayers and uplifting thoughts concerning my surgery. I admit to having a bit of a hard time getting back in the swing of things. Pain meds are a blessing and a downer too. I am now able to take one at a time and it has made a huge difference in my ability to write. Yahoo. The trouble is I have so much too say after missing so many posts. LOL.

    Your flapper girl is very much like one I gave my son. she was beautiful in 'pink' I found her at a yard sale for $5.00 several years ago. Guess who was with me shopping in Ft. Lauderdale. FL. Think PINK, and if you guessed Beverly, you are right. We both wanted her but I didn't realize it until after I paid for her. Beverly said, "Its a good thing I love you Jeanne, I wanted her sooo much." Well she hung in my bedroom for years and when we moved my son was the recipient of that lovely girl. Beverly never asked me for her and by then she was very valuable. She adored my son and she wanted him to have her too. My son and his wife adore everything vintage. Their beautiful home in Tenn. reflects that love of antiques in all of their furnishings. Their home is red brick with white columns very much like your lovely home.

    Now for your tag. I too have an outgoing personality but I value my quiet time. I grew up in a house that did not know what the word quiet meant.LOL I also love to be in a house filled to the brim with noisy and loud people who love each other dearly. Chaos however, must be concluded with quiet time at the end.

    I must stop writing this book now. Sorry to go on and on. I pray all is well with you and your mom. I adore your white and bright with light, den. Awesome, you little decorator. What a wonderful change.

    Love and hugs...Jeanne

  17. Loved the little history lesson today ........... she was such a lovely young woman. I also liked the look of women during that era, all flat and straight up and down.

  18. What a great post..history on us girls. We should know this kinda stuff! Love that picture too~

  19. Oh Shelia, I love your little flapper girl! She is adorable, and I love the stories you've made up about her. I'm so glad you shared her with us. Loved learning new things about you too. I also like my alone time, and I don't drink coffee either. I drink a diet soft drink in the mornings as well. Great post. laurie

  20. Shelia what an interesting post this is. Your flapper picture is just beautiful. I wonder who the model is/was and what she was advertising. This is a real treasure!

  21. Thanks for the interesting information on Flappers! I learned something new today. That piece of artwork is really nice! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Hi Sheila
    What a great deal of thought you put into the Flapper comment. You have really analyzed the picture very well and in the defense of Flappers I think you could be quite right.

    It was great learning more about you...never drank coffee?? Interesting too.

    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a lovely evening Shelia.

  23. Shelia,

    The portrait is just so beautiful & must have so much sentimental value. Thanks so much for the history behind those Flapper girls! I think I was one in a previous life! Always throwing caution to the wind and I have tons to throw! ;-)

    Have a great week!!


  24. Good evening Shelia, I really enjoyed reading your post and learning about the flapper gals. I liked reading your tag too. I hope you have a wonderful evening. Thank you for always brightening our day.

  25. Shelia she is beautiful! Your den looks so wonderful too. I wasn't an only child but I definetly need my alone time too. You are doing such a beautiful job on you blog, so nice to see you here. Hugs, Cindy

  26. Very fun post!!! I didn't know must of that about flappers so it was fun to learn. And what a gorgeous painting that is! And I'm with you Shelia...I don't drink coffee either...I always have my morning coke lol

  27. Shelia, I should of told you that I am Cindy from RMS. See my pantry? Remember me? I've got an advantage, I've been reading your blog since you left over there.. dear Picklepoo. It's ok if you don't remember me but we will reconnect now I am sure. Hugs, Cindy

  28. Loved your post Sheila.I am so glad the flappers helped lighten up on the corsets, hehehehe.I love that picture .

  29. This was a fabulous post, Shelia, and sooooooooooooooo interesting! I always thought they were called "flappers" because of their often tiered dresses that flapped about when they danced. I've learned something new!
    Now that rose on the bottom of the picture would drive me insane! It already is! I want to know what it was an ad for! I bet you could bring that to someone and have them remove just the rose to see what's underneath!!!!

    Justine :o )

  30. Shelia, I love that lady, and I think she's quite lovely. (I secretly covet her shoes!)

    I like the flappers, even though some of what they did seems a bit shallow, but at least they were an entertaining shallow. ;-) I think of Zelda Fitzgerald as the ultimate flapper, and my mother as a wannbe... she had the looks just not the devil-may-care attitude. She cared, but she still wore those getups all the same and had the hairdo... hence the title wannabe. LOL!

    And I loved your MeMe. Thanks for sharing...


    Sheila :-)

  31. What great Flapper Ed!!! I've always been intrigued by them and I'll bet if I lived in that time--I would have been flappin', too! They just looked like they were having a really fun time!

    Hope your week is going well! Dana

  32. Love that flapper! I'm glad you have magical moments when you visit me!

  33. I loved this posting on the Flapper Shiela. (Thank you).

    I can recall my mother and her friends discussing those days and mention was made "that if a girl 'painted' her nails and/or toenails; she was considered to be a little hussy", also if a woman wore a red hat, "she probably didn't have any panties on". (?????) My, my how times have changed. SMILES....Brenda

  34. Love this post! I have a photo of my maternal grandmother as a "modest" flapper. I adore it!

    I worry about you not drinking coffee.

    I understand the "alone time" as a fellow only child.

  35. What a wonderful post Sheila! I LOVE the flapper!! My grandmother use to tell me all about flappers and how she always wanted to BE one!! : )
    I loved reading your list too and am so with you about the *love people but need alone time*! I was an only child for 11 years and do think this is where some of this comes in...


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