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The Unknown Flapper: 1922

The Unknown Flapper: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Unidentified woman." Trying to tell us ... something. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


heeheehee, gol'dang I'm fun

"If skirts should get much shorter,

Said the flapper with a sob,

There'll be two more cheeks to powder,

And one more place to bob."

Re: Unflapped Knower

While this woman may not be the prettiest, don't insult her memory with a comparison to Garrison Keillor.

Need some TLC

... and 8oz of conditioner, stat!

Unflapped Knower

Sure looks a lot like Garrison Keillor.

Something clicked

"You want to take my picture? All right, even though I don't quite know why."

Gap-toothed women

There's a whole movie devoted to this subject.

At First Glance

She reminds me of Bette Davis, in her role as Jane in the movie "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane." You know, the one where Jane's invalid sister, Blanche, played by Joan Crawford, is being served her dinner by Jane. Jane's Signature dish, revealed when the dome is lifted from the dinner plate, is Blanche's beloved parakeet.

Come to think of it,

I don't like her either.

Call the Police

The Bad Hair Police, that is. Also she's showing some bra strap -- gonna drive men wild.

I can read lips

And she's saying, "How about givin' me some of that bathtub gin, Daddy!"

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