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The Whoopee Era

Tyler and I's History Project
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Tawny Schmit

on 23 January 2013

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The Whoopee Era By: Tawny & Tyler The 1920’s was a time period full of new opportunities, especially ones for fun, freedom, and of course, “making love”, which is why The Whoopee Era is the ideal title for the 1920’s. Life for people in the 1920’s was rough, even if you had a job.So, men and women resorted to paying five cents to get into a club and dance all night as a way to escape their everyday lives. Their new styles, attitudes, and habits reflected their desire for freedom and fun amidst all of the bad things. "Makin' Whoopee"
It’s believed that Making Whoopee comes from a New York City slang columnist named Walter Winchell. Making love was part of the social structure, as were cigarettes, whiskey, make-up, short dresses and bobbed-hair.” Hemlines rose to the knee, then above it, exposing the muscular dancer's legs. The style allowed a beautiful young woman to dance, really express herself, while the dress exposed just enough skin to attract the attention of the right boys. Men
Suit colors were mostly neutral, but the accessories popped with vibrant colors (browns, blues, grays, greens). What sets 1920s men’s suits apart from other eras are the material and trim. New Clothing Styles
The style is naturally slimming - elongating your body and highlighting your best features. With your bubbly personality, the right dress, beautiful shoes, a simple necklace, and some dangling earrings, you'll be the most intriguing and elegant guest at any get together. Suits were mostly made of thick wool or a wool tweed and pants made of wool based flannel which made them heavier than today’s suit materials but lighter than the previous decades. Suit jackets were either single or double breasted with 3 or 4 buttons. Many featured two sets of flap pockets. Patterns could be vivid plaids, stripes, or checks. Suit pants had a sharp crease down the front, and the pockets were slit on the side. Pants hung down to the ankles, which exposed the socks worn high up to the calf. Neck ties with funny patterns also became popular. New Dances
All the new dances were under the “Swing” category because they’re played with Jazz music.* Lindy Hop: The original and most popular swing dance that involved a little bit of acrobatics.
* The Charleston: Was performed by African Americans in Charleston, SC before it was popular. It involves fast movements of your hands and feet. Can be solo, partner, or group.
* Collegiate Shag: Was made popular by college students and evolved in New Orleans. It has fast movements, hops, and kicks. * Balboa: It requires exceptional skills and finesse in the moves. Involves short and swift movements with extreme gracefulness. It’s very compact.
* Jive: Also known as the “Jitterbug Jive”, the Jive was evolved to lighten up the mood and to escape the terror atmosphere caused by the horrors of that time. It was a way to vent out feelings of distress.
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