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Flappers Dancing the Charleston atop the Sherman Hotel, Chicago, 1926 -


Flappers were a “new breed” of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles, and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. Flappers had their origins in the liberal period of the Roaring Twenties, the social, political turbulence and increased transatlantic cultural exchange that followed the end of World War I, as well as the export of American jazz culture to Europe. From Wikipedia

The Charleston is a dance named for the harbor city of Charleston, South Carolina. The rhythm was popularized in mainstream dance music in the United States by a 1923 tune called “The Charleston” by composer/pianist James P. Johnson which originated in the Broadway show Runnin’ Wild and became one of the most popular hits of the decade. Runnin’ Wild ran from 29 October 1923 through 28 June 1924. The peak year for the Charleston as a dance by the public was mid-1926 to 1927. From Wikipedia

H is for Hamilton, Alexander

He’s a Founding Father of the United States, the current face of its $10 bill and… the subject of the hot, new, critically acclaimed Broadway show, Hamilton. Tory Daily talks to one of its stars, Renée Elise Goldsberry (above, wearing Tory’s printed cotton short-sleeve dress, in an intimate interview here

Renée Elise Goldsberry, photographed by Noa Griffel, at New York’s Refinery Hotel


Historic Black and White Pictures Restored in Color

  1. Broadway at the United States Hotel Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ca 1900-1915
  2. “The Tall Cowboy”, Ralph E. Madsen with Senator Morris Sheppard, 1919
  3. Dancers of the National American Ballet, 20 August 1924
  4. Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, 1921
  5. Helen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin in 1919