have we come a long way, baby?

forbidden images

do you feel like you were born in the wrong era? have you ever wanted to travel back in time? thank god for the invention of the time machine. (aka you tube)!

flappers: roaring twenties

the twenties have always been my favorite time period of the last century, there just seemed to be so many artists, writers, designers, singers and talents that it’s almost surreal. since there’s so much  interest in the era  lately i thought i’d share some of the marvelous youtube videos from my collection of favorites.

dance craze

kind of makes me wonder if our grandparents knew some things we didn’t. they never hesitated to roll up the rug and let ‘er rip! the charleston, the fox trot, they really knew how to get down! supper clubs, dinner and dancing, dressing up and enjoying life was their m.o.

of course life was hard but they sure made the best of it.

clothing of the future

always with a sense of humor and a lot of style. but then they had some major muses.

josephine baker

i couldn’t let the era slip by without mentioning my favorite lady, josephine.

tam tam

talk about throwing down and breaking the rules! well that’s what the 20s were all about.  i kind of wish we could have the abandon that great gran and gramps had. to throw yourself wholeheartedly into a night on the town with all the glitter and glamour that it takes for an unforgettable evening. well, it’s saturday and i hope you’ve got a little of that going on yourself. me, i’m home and have spent way too much time digging these up but i do hope you enjoy them. have a great rest of the weekend!

January 16, 2011. 1920's, Films, flappers, Life.


  1. joanny replied:

    Lovely post and I adore Josephine Baker, The French – -Parisians loved her for her hard work assisting the French Resistance during World War II and she was the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de guerre. Americans during her career were not as nice to her. I have been meaning to do a tribute to her, —-thanks for posting..

    I totally agree this time period of the 1820’s to 1920’s? was the terrain of an incredible mobilization of ideas, energy, and talent, the magnitude of which arrives but few times in history, and many of us today still enjoy and appreciate their crafts and talents of that time period.



  2. the paris apartment replied:

    well said! it was a rich time of thought and energies. it’s amazing so much of it was caught on film, especially the candid stuff.
    it’s nice to meet a fellow lover of the period!


  3. Lucinda Keller replied:

    Thanks for sharing these! Now I want to bob my hair and throw on my pearls!
    I had a 20s party a few years ago …SO much fun. All 20s music, everyone came in costume and we had it in my parents house which was built here in LA in the 1920s. It was amazing!

    Hope you are enjoying your start to 2011!


  4. renee finberg replied:

    i am sending this to my mom.
    she will FLIP!!!

    did you go to the in.t art show in mia. beach??
    i am heading down today.



  5. Beadboard UpCountry replied:

    I did bob my hair! It must have been amazing to be in Paris then, the pioneering talent the lavish parties the anything goes attitude…I agree with everything Jonny said so I won’t repeat. Great Post Claudia.Maryanne xo


  6. Khrystine replied:

    I love that first video! Sexy and feminine and whimsical.


  7. veronica replied:

    What a lovely post – very inspiring!


  8. Lee Ann at The French Maids Place replied:

    These were so much fun, I had to watch them twice!
    –Lee Ann


  9. pam robinson replied:

    i need to go back for sure… i so love that period… xx


  10. Reader replied:

    The 1920s are my favorite period in terms of style, but it’s important not to romanticize it too much. It also was a period in which there was:

    –rampant exploitation of women (interestingly, none of those old “forbidden images” involved a man, at least not of the 3.5 minutes I watched; arguably, the protection helped women);

    –no easy access to birth control or abortion, which are necessary for women to enjoy a genuinely sexually free existence;

    –flagrant racism. The U.S. was a hideous place to live in if you were not white. Good reminder on Martin Luther King Day. Even in France, Josephine Baker thought that the French considered her to be some kind of fabulous animal, not a person. Maybe that changed a bit after she classed up her act and put on more clothes.


  11. Fifi Flowers replied:

    Eras of the past were definitely more glamorous!


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