I magine being a women living in the United States during the years 1910-1935.
You would celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution and be eligible to vote in national elections.
You might read Seventeen by Booth Tarkington, the 1916 best seller, or read poetry by newly famous poets Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost or Amy Lowell.
You could drive an automobile, as the invention of the self-starter made hand cranking a thing of the past.
setting the scene You might even own an automobile since the Model T arrived via the assembly line and cost less than half what earlier models cost.
You would enjoy replacing your carpet beater with an electric vacuum cleaner and discover that electric refrigerators, washing machines and irons make life much easier.
You might wear your first “store bought” clothes and purchase canned goods from the shelves of a grocery store. You and your family would spend many hours listening to a wide range of radio programs now broadcast coast to coast.
You might tackle crossword puzzles, participate in dance marathons, read TIME and Cosmopolitan.
You would feel the impact of World War I by working in jobs left vacant by the many men who served in the military or be one of over 11,000 American women who served in the armed forces.
You likely cut your Victorian locks in favor of shoulder-length styles and, ultimately, bobbed hair.
You would choose looser styles, brighter colors and lighter fabrics for your clothes. And, believe it or not, your hemlines stopped at your knees. You would see Prohibition come—and go—and live in “The Jazz Age.”
You would experience the stock market crash and feel the weight of the Great Depression. You would sing “The Star Spangled Banner,” the country’s new national anthem.
You would come to “know” Greta Garbo, Babe Ruth, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, George Gershwin and Shirley Temple. You would shop at J. C. Penney and Piggly Wiggly.
setting the scene You would listen to “Amos and Andy,” “George Burns and Gracie Allen,” “Fibber McGee and Molly” and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.
You would see your life expectancy numbers increase from 51.8 to 63.9 years.
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