Bathtub gin, speakeasies, hot jazz, the Charleston. . .

A wild era, a romantic era. Thorougly modern. The 1920s, hope sprung afresh from the battlefields of Europe, a new freedom. The United States had been engaged in a major European war and had been on the winning side. The farmboys returned home, itching to live in the city. Flappers were bobbing their hair, rolling down their stockings, raising their hemlines and wearing makeup.

How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm?

“How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm
once they’ve seen Paree.”

Edna St. Vincent Millay’s famous lines from A Few Figs from Thistles (1920) express the popular sentiment of the era:

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light

Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:
Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand.

The effervescence of the period shows in the music, of which there are several examples on the music page. The architecture covered a span from simple cottage with a picket fence to the grand Georgian, Colonial and Renaissance revival. There were Spanish and Oriental influences. The cozy and the exotic, in all, the romantic. It showed in the architecture, the furnishings, the decor, as you will see in the sketches scattered about these pages.

Take a little trip back . . . imagine thoroughly modern rooms filled with flappers and their beaus, dancing, drinking illicit hooch, laughing. . . Enjoy your stay!
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Karyl Norman
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