Charles Dana Gibson's Flappers

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The Flappers of the Twenties There has not been an era in American history that has seen such a drastic and dramatic change in the style and status of women than in the 1920s. In this era, also known as the Roaring Twenties or the Era of Wonderful Nonsense, a new woman was born just out of the blue. A woman that smoked, drank, danced, and voted. Such a woman that went to petting parties, wore make-up, and cut her hair short. This woman was euphoric and precarious. This particular woman was known as a flapper. An illustrator named Charles Dana Gibson created an image that represented the spirit of the early twentieth century in the United States (Eye Witness Through History). Gibson produced several pen and ink illustrations that were known as “The Gibson Girl”. The Gibson Girl epitomized and influenced attitudes, behaviors, and mores of the early twentieth century. She was publicized in articles and magazines to be a model to be mimicked by women and to be idolized by men. His images flooded popular culture through non-print items such as wallpaper, china plates,…show more content…
Their attitude would be characterized by “stark truthfulness, fast living, and sexual behavior,” (Flappers). These women clinged to their youthfulness, took risks, and were wild. To part ways from the Gibson Girl image, the flappers partook in activities that were frowned about by their earlier generation. These women began smoking. Only men were known to smoke cigarettes. Even though this act seemed so drastic, the most dramatic change seen in women of the 1920s was when they began to drink alcohol. To make it worse, the 1920s was the era of prohibition. Women often carried flasks of liquor on their hips so it would be easy to access it. Flappers had a scandalous image as the "giddy flapper, rouged and clipped, careening in a drunken stupor to the lewd strains of a jazz quartet,"
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