1920's Flappers

By: Hayley Fulk

A 1920's Phenomenon

The pace of change up until the early 1900's had been slow with most people experiencing a similar lifestyle to what their earlier generations had also followed. The rate of change accelerated in the early 1900's as new influences had an effect on the United States. Movies, radio shows advertising and popular magazines all had on influence on the lives of 1920's youth who saw themselves as different from the older generation. The younger generation had began to take on many of the negative traits of their idols, such as smoking, bad language, immorality, and selfishness. The new youth culture had manifested itself as the flapper and sheik.

The Typical Flapper

"The stereotype of a flapper is a women who has short bobbed or shingled hair, straight loose knee-length dresses with a dropped waistline, silk or rayon stockings with garters heavy makeup, and long beaded necklaces". (1920-30.com)

The End of the Flapper

"The flapper started to fade away in 1928." "Gone is the flapper. In her place has come the young woman with poise, of soft-toned and correct speech, soberly dressed, and without closely cropped hair."(Junior League Magazine, 1920-30.com)