Yes—all flappers wore black! One flapper in a red “bikini” was so concerned about the color of her color lipstick that she ordered her own. Another flapper called up their local beauty supply store to inquire about purchasing the best black lipstick shade. The owner, who had never even heard of white lipstick, was astonished to learn that his store offered both white and black color lipstick!
Why didn’t they wear black?
Because the color had never been approved in the Navy, and in a Navy dominated by white, a woman would not be allowed to wear black or brown in uniform. When they saw that lipstick was available, they simply went and bought it.
A real-life Navy lady at the start of WWI. The navy’s policy on black makeup at the time was just to wear black, no-makeup.
Were they considered a “whore or a swag?”
No! They were simply considered “dresses” of the uniformed and the most feminine women of the time. While they did have a reputation for flappers, “dresses” generally meant the basic uniform for the naval service. Most flapper women wore their uniforms—coats and pants—all the way to their ankles.
A naval officer at the start of WWI, looking at several real-life women flappers dressed in her uniform.
Can you take us down a few of the names of the real-life flappers on the album?
The names on the album are not necessarily the names of flappers on record. Many of the names are familiar to readers of this blog, but were invented by the editors of the Women’s Library Journal in the 1950s. The names on the album are not necessarily real names of real-life women, but names from a newspaper article about some or all of the women featured in the album.
SALT LAKE CITY — The state Supreme Court handed a victory Tuesday to the state’s medical cannabis industry when it overturned a federal judge’s ruling that the state would not enforce laws passed to implement recreational marijuana.
The justices, in a unanimous decision, rejected the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s contention that the regulations are unconstitutional under the state Constitution and could cause irreparable harm to the industry.
In the wake of that ruling, the Obama administration said that it will not defend the marijuana law in federal court. That puts the state in a bind.