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1920's A Story
College over and all that she could find for women, were jobs in nursing, teaching, social services or in the medicine field / pediatrics. Yuck nothing she really was interested in and was now wondering why she bothered to even attend college.
Woodrow Wilson was president and women had gained the right to vote and prohibition was in full swing, party time seemed the way to go. Hell she was young, work could wait for awhile.
She wasn't sure what she would do, but she loved the fact that she could "park" her corset, and replaced her pantaloons for underwear, called "step-Ins" Fashion set the trend for things to come and a1920's woman got what she wanted !!
So when she decided to ask her uncle George ( the man who formed the National Football League and also owned the biggest sporting goods store around), if he needed a sales-girl, she was a bit nervous and not sure what would be appropriate to wear that day she was to meet with him...most of the elders thought the fashions were too "modern"and exposed too much skin and firmly was focused on sexiness, freedom and seemed as if they were scared of a woman with individuality. And guess what, they had every reason to think that, and she loved that she was one of them.
She landed the job, no problem as she was his favorite and had been quite athletic all her life and he knew it could be to his advantage to have such a pretty young woman working in his predominantly male store.
She gave him a big kiss and ran to tell her girlfriends about her luck and that maybe they would now find some cool men, called " Snugglepup's", ( a man who frequents the now famous 'Petting Parties' ) to get it on with...She did well and was able to meet all sorts of handsome, strong men and actually helped to fit them with what they were shopping for , as well as what they weren't there to shop for.
The girls had so much fun shopping for the newest styles that now adorned most younger ladies, "Flappers" as they were now referred to...with their short bob hair cuts and their breasts flattened by the bra's they wore, so as to appear more boyish. The new waist lines were now down to the hips and the hem lines up to the knees and they wore "artificial silk" stockings rolled over a garter belt.
The other new thing women did now a day was to "smoke" (known as a Smoke-eater) and so she and her friends would hide and practice smoking, so they wouldn't cough in front of their peers...it took awhile for their bodies to become accustomed to the poisons of tobacco, they got dizzy and choked on the smoke they inhaled, but eventually mastered it along with using their newly purchased cigarette holders. They were feeling pretty good with it. Soon to make their move into partyland.
A couple of her friends were beginning to get over anxious and went out on their own and were also a bit on the jealous side because she had so many opportunities and had passed them up and had NOT shared them, after all she was around snugglepup's more then they were, and they wanted an easy find. She was not trying to hold anything back from them she was just a bit more shy then they were, and they began to come visit her while she worked. At first it wasn't noticed so much by her Uncle George, but eventually he saw through these Modern Flappers and became very unhappy with her friends. She nicely asked them to please stop coming there, but they didn't care, they wanted to meet some men and this place was full of them.
Jazz was the big thing these days as was the petting parties, drinking, smoking and premarital intercourse. Cocaine sniffed on a regular basis (was legal then) and dated freely. Which they happily partook in and were now becoming as wild as the rest of them...
They learned all the new sexy dances which helped them show off the right amount of skin, in all the right places to help attract the right man...and they had so much fun learning the Charleston, the Bunny Hug, the Shimmy and the Black Bottom .
The 'Ford' was invented and became available which fit their fast life style and also gave them a place for back seat petting and the women weren't just sitting in the back seat any more, they were driving!!!
One evening after one of their parties they were all happily intoxicated (half-cut) and cruising along at a nice fast speed and all of a sudden they felt a huge bump, looked around and kept on going. To their great surprise the car had hit a man walking on the side of the road. Frightened and scared the driver kept going. One of their dates was driving and the women yelled at him to stop, but he just kept going.
The next day,it was in the news and they were being searched for. She went to work feeling very sad and afraid and her Uncle came to her and questioned her about this. Was she out last night, again? He was always worried something would happen. At first she denied any wrong doing and went on working. However when the police entered the store she began to shake and cry and it became apparent she had been there and knew about this.
Although the man that had been hit, was himself drunken , but was ok, it didn't matter because "Hit and Run" is not alright in any situation. She and her friends were taken to the police station to identify the driver and have their fingerprints taken. They were mortified and ashamed and the shame followed them for many years to come, though it didn't stop them till the great depression hit, and then things came to a halting screech. "don't drink and drive"