I remember when......

Screen print of a frame in the video Flappers: An Overview
@rebelann (87173)
El Paso, Texas
July 21, 2021 8:05pm CST
I thought that hippies were the first to try to break free of the 'establishment' and many actually took to the roads and started hitch hiking their way across the US. I don't know where any of them actually wanted to go though. I was only a little bit of a hippie, I got a job and supported myself which kinda left me out but I was probably pretty much just as wild as some of those flappers were. Well, back then I never even knew that much about that decade of the 1920s. I know both my parents were youngsters in that decade, dad was born in 1921 so he probably knew about as much as I did about the early 1950s. Mom was born in 1916 so she may have been a little more involved with it but she never told me. I found a documentary about that era and I found it fascinating so I thought I'd share it with you. Let me know what you think of it, ok?
Using a lively blend of interviews and archival footage, this documentary takes a look at the flapper, the proclaimed "New woman" ideal of America's roaring ...
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@Rollo1 (16690)
• Boston, Massachusetts
22 Jul
I think the roaring '20s were wild. I love the slang from that era. Women took great strides towards being more independent and jazz was king. I absolutely love the art deco styles in architecture and interior design. What a great era.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
It was an interesting decade but I wouldn't trade it for the 60s.
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@LadyDuck (346527)
• Switzerland
22 Jul
@Rollo1 Hello! How are you? I am so glad to see you back.
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@Rollo1 (16690)
• Boston, Massachusetts
22 Jul
@LadyDuck Hello, Anna! I am so glad to see so may familiar names still here.
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@kaylachan (22907)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
22 Jul
Brings back memories. My parents were born in 1920 and 1921 respectivly, and growing up then they probably could've cared less, or were igneranante of it since they were little kids then.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
They probably remembered more about the great depression of the 30s.
• United States
22 Jul
My mom was born in 1921 but didn't say much about that era. However I think my mother in law had a wild time during the roaring 20s. I remember her telling us how she won a Charleston dance contest.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
She was probably too young to even have know about flappers back then but I'll bet she told you a lot about the great depression, right? That's what dad did, he too was born in 1921
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• United States
22 Jul
@rebelann my mom talked about the great depression and how poor they were. I didn't really appreciate all her stories until I got much older.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
Yeah, my dad always told us about how lucky he was that his dad raised chickens and had a small farm, grandpa was a share cropper. They had plenty of veggies, chicken and eggs to feed the family of 7 without having to buy any of it.
@LadyDuck (346527)
• Switzerland
22 Jul
I think that it was a great era, my Mom was born in 1921, Dad in 1917. My grandmothers surely remember better those times.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
To have been young or old enough to be involved with this they would have had to have been at least 15 by 1920. I also believe it was a matter of where they lived, some probably were never even aware of flappers until their later years when the media began talking about them. I know that the media has made it seem that those of us who were between 10 and 15 when the 60s began became hippies but it wasn't as wide spread as all that. There were many older teens in the late 60s who only began to get the gist of it because of the popularity of the Beatles and Roliing Stones. The media always exaggerates how extensive a trend in one area is.
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@LadyDuck (346527)
• Switzerland
23 Jul
@rebelann My maternal grandmother was 18 in 1920, the mother of my father was 28 in 1920 and she lived in a big city, she was aware of flappers, but surely not my maternal grandmother. I have never been a hippy, even if we knew very well about the hippies, the music festival of Woodstock and the Isle of Wight festival here in Europe. I have always loved the Rolling Stones who started several years before The Beatles.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Jul
The Beatles started in London in 1960 but they did not reach the US until 1964
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@dgobucks226 (27478)
24 Jul
Yes, the 20's were a way for America to forget WWI and kick back and have fun again. A time of tremendous cultural change. Much like the 60's....
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Jul
It had more to do with women liberating themselves, men always had it good.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Jul
You're right. When I was in my late teens I had no clue about the flappers who paved the way for my generation. I do wonder why it took so long for women to continue what the flappers started. It's as if women were stalled during the 40s and 50s. Mom and all her friends were literally properties of their husbands which is no better than being a slave.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
18h
There was also the issue of abuse, men had the right to abuse their wives and children and the cops didn't have the right to interfere.
@DianneN (231967)
• United States
22 Jul
I’ve always been fascinated by the Roaring ‘20’s. Time of flappers, gangsters, jazz, deco, fashion, jitterbug…..
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
How funny, I always connected gangsters with the 1930s. Neither of my parents ever talked about them so I'm thinking neither of them had anything to do with it but boy did I hear about the depression EDIT: Neither of my parents ever mentioned flappers, just wanted to make that correction.
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@DianneN (231967)
• United States
22 Jul
@rebelann Nor mine.. They were too young.
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@CarolDM (144242)
• United States
22 Jul
This was a fascinating era. I have only seen documentaries about it.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
Me too. I'm trying to find out just where the flappers got their start because I know not all young women of that era were flappers. Kinda like not all young women in the 1960s were hippies.
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@CarolDM (144242)
• United States
22 Jul
@rebelann I am sure it is out there somewhere to read about.
https://www.history.com/topics/roaring-twenties/flappers
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@BelleStarr (60597)
• United States
22 Jul
I think it was a fascinating decade
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
It was. In high school I only remember hearing about prohibition but that's about it and then the teacher turned to the great depression of the 30s which she really delved into.
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@BelleStarr (60597)
• United States
22 Jul
@rebelann yah I don’t remember learning much about it in school either
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@moonandstars (51725)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
24 Jul
i shall take a look, thank you.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Jul
It is about history especially about how women began to liberate themselves.
@thelme55 (71779)
• Germany
24 Jul
Thanks for sharing the link. It was surely a fascinating time especially the women fashion.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Jul
Yes, the fashion was really pretty but I was mostly impressed at how women were beginning to fight for their liberation.
@allknowing (94182)
• India
22 Jul
Enjoyed watching that video. Women do seem they were stepping out.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Jul
Some were but like with any fashion not all women followed this trend although eventually women stopped wearing dresses down to their ankles.
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@Tampa_girl7 (46438)
• United States
22 Jul
My grandma was born in 1900. I have pictures of her in similar outfits.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
Oh wow, that's so kool. My grandparents were born in the late 1800s and were raising families in the 1920s. I don't have any pictures of them as young people in the 20s.
@RebeccasFarm (35170)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
22 Jul
I happen to love those flappers back then.
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
They were a riot.
@DocAndersen (45399)
• United States
22 Jul
My grandmother was in that flapper age range. oh to live in interesting times!
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
Hey, I consider the late 1950s as well a the 1960s to be really interesting. So much change took place in those eras.
@sallypup (46016)
• Moses Lake, Washington
22 Jul
It would be great to be so limber!
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@rebelann (87173)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jul
Oh how I remember being that limber .... now I'm very careful so I don't fall.
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