The Roaring 20’s —
let’s just say that
they didn’t call ’em
that for nothing.
And today we’ll be looking
at a few weird/interesting
items from the 1920’s.
That really was a strange time in history…
After the end of World War I, in 1919–
Long held social mores and traditions
suddenly seemed somehow irrelevant –
Rules were being rethought —
— roles abandoned —
all boundaries tested.
This is what was soon to be called “The Jazz Age”
— or “The Roaring Twenties”.
You can clearly watch
these things happen in their postcards,
and movies —
Even simple things like hair styles —
before the end of World War I,
it was fashionable for women
to wear their hair and hemlines very long.
After 1920, the short ‘BOBBED’ haircut became the rage —
as did shorter skirts.
Women were taking
to the workplace like never before.
— like the Charleston.
the war had much to do with these changes —
The brutality and horror
that was seen on the
battlefields of Europe made
many people rethink their lives and values.
Some people got even
more conservative, of course —
But this amendment,
once it went into full force in 1920,
actually had the reverse
effect of what was intended-
— and drove even more people
toward living the ‘high-life’ in the here and now.
Social trends tend to be very elastic —
Which causes a ‘bounce effect’
which eventually swings society
into the other direction.
There are many examples of this effect thro….
Sorry about the history lecture, guys….
I get carried away at times.
here’s an interesting product from the 1920’s.
Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop —
produced by different studios,
and never intended by their creators
to appear together….
— Yet, here they are, together —
in a 1920’s childrens clock called
” Time Is Gold “.
(The box label was the top image.)
This clock was made in Japan,
and was supposedly licensed in the United States,
…… although I kinda doubt it.
Still, a charming piece, isn’t it?
The hand painted numerals
on the clock face are very cool, too.
Another aspect of the 1920’s popular culture
I find interesting is something that today is called
I never met erotica I didn’t like …)
It had started off in the very 1900’s,
with suggestive and
humorous images on postcards —
And by the 1920’s,
had amped up a bit.
It’s not surprising that men of
the era found these things sexy —
There was something that seemed
very edgey about the ‘possibilities’
of this new circumstance.
We men are always thinking about sex–
— and having women around the office,
when there weren’t any in their father’s time —
made these postcards VERY popular
with urban males of the 20’s.
I dunno —
I don’t really see anything really wrong
with mixing business and pleasure,
it still seems very sexy,
(The typewriters would be a bit of a stretch,
considering this is the computer age….. )
But it doesn’t really seem
like a wonderful idea, t’is all.
Although, a little nudity in the office
could make going to work s
omething to look forward to, I guess.
I just don’t see how I could get
any work done once I was there.