By John Held Jr, probably the most popular cartoonist of the era.
Clara Bow, "The It Girl."
Didn't that company just go belly up?
A Salacious Santa.
Gloria Swanson is ready for her close-up, Mr DeMille.
Christmas at the Fitzgeralds.
Here's an Italian postcard. They had flappers, too, though they seemed to dress a little warmer.
The automobile had become more commonplace.
Why, even Santa was driving one.
Christmas in LA.
Prohibition did put a damper on things. If you're not familiar with 1920s fashions, I can assure you what that gentleman holding the spray bottle is wearing was way out of style, even back then. But maybe that's the whole point. It's the fogies who want to spoil all the fun.
That "wotever it is" looks like a paint roller brush, doesn't it?
OK, I see a keyboard, but where's the screen?
Louise Brooks. Her signature bob hair style defined the flapper look. Speaking of flappers...
...not everyone had a positive view of them.
OK, I've shown you the side of the 1920s that the purveyors of popular culture wanted you to see. They wanted you see it back then, and they want you see it now. But for most people, it wasn't as glamorous as all that. Here's some pictures of ordinary people celebrating Christmas:
OK, enough with the ordinary people already. One last look at Clara Bow:
All of the above photos were culled from various places around the Internet (unimaginable in the 1920s)
This was fun, and I might do it again next Christmas. To avoid repeating myself, though, I'll have to jump ahead ten years to the 1930s.
Expect a lot of Salvation Army Santas.