January 4, 2013
Fashion Show at Rainbo Gardens
This picture shows two Uptown flapper girls at a fashion show at Rainbo Gardens, located at Clark and Lawrence. Flapper girls were a "new breed" of young women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for the traditional roles society tried to push them into. They were seen as "fast" for wearing too much makeup, drinking, smoking, indulging in casual sex, and (gasp!), driving automobiles. My own great grandmother Marta would go out drinking with her girlfriends, and once drove up to Waukegan on a whim to get married to a boy she just met that night. But that's another story for another time.