When did they show up?
The question, “How did flappers get their names?” seems quite an issue today, because they have become the most popular folk image of 1920s Americans in general, and of the era in particular. But, how did the original flapper show up? How did they show up?I think that most Americans today know little or nothing about flappers, and they are largely unaware that they were even a thing in a very short period of time, let alone that they were on the ascendancy right before the first World War. However, they may know that women flappers of the late 19th and early 20th Century are often referred to as the “Daughters of Liberty” or even the “Waltzing Matrons,” and that American women flappers at least played a role in the events leading to the French Revolution. Of course many contemporary women flappers did contribute to American involvement in America’s first world war of the 19th century, with several notable examples including Emma Goldman and Clara Barton , though it’s interesting to note that some of these women chose a different path and refused to serve. And there were other, even more colorful but lesser known flappers that also contributed to world events such as the American Revolution. Of course, at least one of the “Waltzing Matrons” (which I don’t mean to criticize) was actually involved in the American Revolution!As with so many other aspects of American life that are largely ignored or not considered important by most, the flapper’s origins were not well known. But, as you might imagine, this was not easy if you were an American from the mid- to late 19th century who lived in the West. The story of the flapper’s fame had only become known in the early 1960s, when the movie “Battleship Potemkin” made its screen debut, a film in which a character named Lily Rabe was portrayed as a flapper. Many flappers from the 1920s and early 1930s would probably recognize or associate a few of the characters in the film (most notably Midge Decter and her sister, Daisy), but the story itself is a little murky, to put it mildly. In the case of James Earl Ray , for instance, Ray also appears briefly in a documentary on his trial, in which he says he has never seen the flapper in question.The story of the early 1930s, however, is much clearer. In the summer of 1930, a
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