Five of My Favorite Things about the Roaring Twenties!

by Lauri Robinson, author of The Rebel Daughter

io1. The clothes! Although I usually go more for comfort than style, I adore the flamboyant fashions of the 1920s. While researching for my Daughters of the Roaring Twenties miniseries, several members of my family joined me in attending a Bootlegger’s Ball. We all dressed in 1920s fashion and, prior to the ball, while getting many stares from other occupants of the restaurant, my son asked, “What if we are the only ones dressed like this?” I replied with, “We won’t be. The website said to dress up.” And we weren’t. In fact, if we hadn’t dressed up, we would have been the only ones who hadn’t! So what did I wear? I’m glad to say my outfit has gotten more than one use. A couple of weeks ago, a friend’s daughter asked if she could borrow my ensemble for a Roaring ’20s party she’d been invited to. Here’s a picture of her modelling the outfit, along with a couple of the Daughters of the Roaring Twenties Isn’t she adorable?!

2. The cars! With a mechanic for a husband, cars have always been a large part of our lives, and the automobile industry really roared to life in the 1920s. While researching for this miniseries, my husband joined me on a visit to a local car museum where the museum owner pulled aside the ropes in order for me to sit inside several vintage cars!

3. The music! Radio stations popped up all over the nation during the ’20s bringing music—everything from big bands to individual performers—into the lives of everyday people like never before.

4. The slang! Every generation has created their own form of jargon, but here again, the 1920s really popularized this more informal way of speaking to one another. Some common words:

Applesauce – An expletive same as horsefeathers, as in “Ah, applesauce!”

Bank’s Closed – No kissing or making out – i.e. – “Sorry, Mac, the bank’s closed.”

Bee’s Knees – An extraordinary person, thing, idea; the ultimate.

Dead Soldier – An empty beer bottle.

Flat Tire – A dull-witted, insipid, disappointing date. Same as pill, pickle, drag, rag, oilcan.

Handcuff – An engagement ring (bracelets or nippers meant actual handcuffs).

Wet Blanket – A solemn person, a killjoy.

5. The social advancements! The Nineteenth Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. Inventions of various household appliances and farm machinery gave people more time for other things and provided opportunities to seek education and employment. Progress of the East and West coasts being unified through transportation and telephone lines gave way for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses like never before, and Prohibition brought changes that went far beyond the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

What about you? What’s your favorite thing about the 1920s?

Shine your shoes, slip on your flapper dress and prepare for the ride of your life in Lauri Robinson’s rip-roaring new miniseries Daughters of the Roaring Twenties. Their hair is short and their skirts are even shorter!

Prohibition has made Roger Nightingale a wealthy man. With his bootlegging business in full swing, and his swanky hotel the most popular joint in town, his greatest challenge is keeping his four willful daughters in check!

Join Ginger, Norma Rose, Twyla and Josie as they foxtrot their way into four gorgeous men’s hearts!

First travel with Ginger to Chicago in The Runaway Daughter. Then see Norma Rose go head-to-head with Ty Bradshaw in The Bootlegger’s Daughter. Find out if Forrest Reynolds can tame the mischievous Twyla in The Rebel Daughter. And last, but not least, discover Josie’s secret in The Forgotten Daughter.

About The Rebel Daughter:

0915-9780373298501-bigwFor every wild child… 

No more watching from the sidelines for Twyla Nightingale: her feet are firmly on the dance floor! She won’t let anyone sour the delicious taste of freedom—especially not Forrest Reynolds, back in town after all this time.

…there’s a guy who thinks she’s the bee’s knees. 

Forrest didn’t expect a warm welcome from the Nightingale sisters, not after their lives had been so dramatically upturned. But seeing the challenge in Twyla’s eyes, Forrest takes this rebel for a wild dance she won’t forget!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments ( 6 )
  1. Sarah Mallory
    September 8, 2015 at 11:37 am
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    What a great post, Lauri, the era sounds so much fun – can’t wait to read the books now!

  2. Lauri
    September 8, 2015 at 11:53 am
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    Thanks, Sarah! I’ve always thought of the 20’s as an exciting time, and had a ‘ball’ writing this series. 🙂

  3. Diane Gaston
    September 8, 2015 at 3:09 pm
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    Although I think some of the slang is a bit silly, I’m with you on the rest. Especially the clothes. I once rented a black fringed dress of the era for a 20’s party. It was probably my most favorite dress ever, even if it was for just one night.

    • Lauri
      September 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm
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      I bet the black dress was fabulous, Diane! I was so amazed by all the costumes at the Bootlegger’s Ball! I’ve heard of more and more Roaring 20’s parties lately. 🙂

  4. Liz Tyner
    September 9, 2015 at 5:34 pm
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    Enjoyed the post. I bet the music at the Bootlegger’s Ball was fun!

    • Lauri
      September 9, 2015 at 9:47 pm
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      It was, Liz!

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