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Miss Maxwell: 1922

Miss Maxwell: 1922

San Francisco circa 1922. "Misses Maxwell and Chalmers." Carrying (or wearing) the banner for two car brands not long for this world, and whose assets would form the basis of the Chrysler Corporation. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

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The Maxwell radiator emblem had red/white stripes with blue on top, me's thinkin' that their name tags are switched

Rolled Stockings In the '20s vs. Leg-Warmers Of The '80s

I used to be utterly perplexed at the fashion of rolled stockings. It went against everything I knew about stockings. My great-grandmother, in her 70s (when I was a teenager), used to wear her stockings that way and I couldn't understand why she did that (she turned 25 in 1920). Besides being all wrong about how stockings were supposed to be worn, they looked very uncomfortable, given that a tightly rolled rubberband was how she kept them up. But in the 1920s, rolled stockings made them feel pretty, daring, sexy, and fashionable.

It was only in the last few years that I (now 60) finally "got it". Just think back to the 1980s and leg-warmers. The way they were worn as a fashion statement looked silly to me, and I didn't think they were even remotely sexy. Just the opposite; I thought it made the legs look fatter than they actually were. Aside from not wanting my legs to look fat, I never wore them because I thought they looked stupid and served no practical purpose, like jeans that are bought already deliberately ripped, faded or made victims of chemical spills. Yet women bought and wore leg-warmers proudly on a daily basis, all bunched down around the calves, which did little to keep the legs warm. But it made them feel pretty, daring, sexy, and fashionable.

Now I finally "get" how the rolled stockings fashion trend of the 1920s was perceived by the women of that time. The rolled stockings were to the 1920s what the legwarmers were to the 1980s.

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Those rolled stockings have a caught-with-your-pants-down look to them. What in the world were they thinking?

The newsies at the far right add a pleasant Rockwellian touch.

I'll take Miss Chalmers ...

She's the bee's knees. Oh, you kid!

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