Teens dating 1920 s
And then I turn to new words that refer to the changing relationship between men and women at this time.As discussed in the book Dewdroppers, Waldos, and Slackers: A decade-by-decade guide to the vanishing vocabulary of the twentieth century (Ostler) there were a number of new terms for women in the 1920s, which reflected the news ways in which they were being viewed by others in society.Although they may not have enjoyed quite as much freedom as many of today's teens do, teenagers in the 1920s were able to loosen up a bit.Gone were the constricting long dresses and corsets from earlier in the century and replacing those were shorter, flapper style dresses. Teen boys wore bomber jackets and tried to look like the fighter pilots from World War I.
Their presence and existence became readily more apparent because they were granted more freedom than previous generations ever were. They were given a chance to redefine the ways things were done in America.Teenagers in the 1920s had a lot in common with today's teens.Just as today's teens are celebrating a new century filled with excitement and promise for the future, the teens of the 1920s also celebrated the marking of a new century and all the promise of tomorrow.These young women probably raised the eyebrows of a number of their fellow sunbathers.
But only a few years later, young people would be smoking, drinking and dancing with an abandon never seen before in America.Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.