Time For The Office

timeNote: NSFW .
(as if any of the
Muscleheaded Blog really is… )

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–

It seemed at the time
that the whole worldtakingidctation
and society at large
had suddenly changed almost overnight.

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,
newspapers,
and movies —

and of course, dance
the rise of the ‘Flapper’.

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.

Dancing —

— once a formalized
ballroom affair with many rules,a1
now evolved into much freer styles :

— like the Charleston.

Certainly,
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 —

Which partly explains the passing of the Volstead Act —
—  Prohibition —
in 1919.spain

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 —

A very strict, conservative society
can cause a strong up-swell of discontent,
especially among it’s young
and it’s more disadvantaged members.over

Which causes a ‘bounce effect’
which eventually swings society
into the other direction.

There are many examples of this effect thro….

Wait—

Oh, jeez….

Sorry about the history lecture, guys….

I get carried away at times.

Anyhoo…

here’s an interesting product from the 1920’s.

The reason I find it so interesting
is the blending of two timeisgoldtoy
very different cartoon characters —

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.

It’s not the best representation
of either character,
either,
I guess.office

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
“typewriter erotica”.

(Ok–
I’ll admit,
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.

Usually, they were images of women in the office —
— (a relatively new phenonema at the time) —french1920's
in revealing or provocative poses.

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,

as long as it’s completely consensual,type
and non-manipulative….

And sure,
it still seems very sexy,
even today.

(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.

HOY!

elvgren

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4 thoughts on “Time For The Office

  1. julespaige says:

    I actually learned to type on a ‘manual’…but really I’m not ‘that’ old! It’s just that ‘advances’ as you say sometimes appear to occur as if ‘overnight’! 🙂

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