Category Archives: Social Customs of the 1920s

Some Old-School Superstitions for Valentine’s Day

“Valentines? Why, I never get a valentine,” said a teenage debutante to a Tribune society reporter in 1931.1 “Young men don’t even know that Feb. 14th is Valentine’s Day anymore.”2 Her counterpart in 1922 agreed. The practice of sending and … Continue reading

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“Books for Every One”: A Christmas Gift Guide from 1928

  Scrambling for a last minute Christmas gift? Why not try a book recommendation from 1928? What do you think was the most popular Christmas gift in 1928? If you said “a book,” you’d be right! ūüôā Books were extremely … Continue reading

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The “New Woman” Series Strikes Again: The Flapper Bob

  Remember my friend Sarah’s series on The New Woman that I posted about earlier here¬†and here? Well, Sarah came out with another post yesterday in this series that was too hard to pass up. If you’re wondering, it was … Continue reading

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Do you have what it takes to be a 1920s telephone operator? Play this unique video game and find out!

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a 1920s telephone operator? That’s the question¬†behind Mike Lazer-Walker’s¬†unusual new video game¬†Hello Operator, which uses a real live vintage 1927 telephone switchboard to¬†play a time-management game akin to Diner Dash or Tapper. … Continue reading

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Taxi Dancing: Endurance Dancing’s Disreputable Cousin

  Remember that post¬†I wrote about endurance dance contests¬†for Jazzfeather’s “Give In to the Feeling” blog tour? Well, it turns out there was another equally bizarre¬†form of dance hall entertainment that was also common during the 1920s and 30s: taxi … Continue reading

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“She Needs a Hat”: 1920s Easter Bonnets!

“Has any one a brown turban or soft hat that I might touch up a little for a girl of 19 years? She needs it, and I should like to make her happy for Easter Sunday. I will gladly pay … Continue reading

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“How Long Will They Last?” Endurance Dance Contests: Jazz-Age Reality TV

~*~ 572¬†hours and¬†thirty-one¬†minutes: almost twenty-four whole days. That‚Äôs how long ‚ÄúChicago‚Äôs first all-Negro endurance dance contest‚ÄĚ lasted.1¬†Starting July 1st, 1928 at the 8th Regiment Armory in the heart of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and ending on July 25th at the Savoy … Continue reading

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Etiquette Guides From the 1920s and Beyond

Old etiquette guides act as fascinating windows into the past. Not only do they give insight into how people behaved at the time, but they also show how people back then thought they should behave, which can be just as enlightening—-especially if … Continue reading

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Bring on the Bubbly: Ring In The New Year, 1920s Style!

Here’s to champagne, the drink divine, That makes us forget our troubles; It’s made a dollar’s worth of wine, And three dollars’ worth of bubbles. —Toast from Harry Montague’s¬†The Up-to-date Bartenders’ Guide: a Valuable Ready Reference Guide to the Art … Continue reading

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Have Yourself a Roaring Twenties Christmas…

  Looking to add a dash of 1920s glamour to your holiday festivities? Then look no further than this list, which offers tips, tricks, tons of photos, and even a recipe or two to jazz up your Christmas—most of which … Continue reading

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