HOT JAZZ - THE CHARLESTON - SPEAKEASIES - BATHTUB GIN
The 1920s was the Jazz Age and one of the most popular past-times for flappers was dancing. The Flapper or Jazz Baby started a new era for women. She took off her corset, rolled her stockings, shortened her skirt, cut her hair into a "Bob", wore make up, smoked, drank, cussed, and started what is now referred to as the "sexual revolution". Dances such as the Charleston, Black Bottom, and the Shimmy were considered "wild" by older generations. As described in the May 1920 edition of the Atlantic Monthly, flappers "trot like foxes, limp like lame ducks, one-step like cripples, and all to the barbaric yawp of strange instruments which transform the whole scene into a moving-picture of a fancy ball in bedlam." The Jazz Age continued into the 1930s and is enjoying a new appreciation today as we re-discover this fun and romantic era.