Thursday, March 17, 2022
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Dimitri Svetesikas, Pixabay
Since my post is skimpy on actual doors, here’s a lovely old green door with shutters (a sort of door) and a wall box (which has another sort of door).
Doors to Women’s History
Yes, it’s time for “the wearing of the green,” but March is also Women’s History Month in the USA. For my response to the Thursday Doors challenge, hosted by Dan Antion, I’m focusing on the historic 1920s. I’ve published several books with that setting, and I’m fond of the Jazz Age, or the Roaring Twenties as the decade is often named.
#Sale! The e-books in the “Pip’s Three Things” series are all 99 cents each, in honor of Women’s History Month.
There are some quaint South Dakota doors in the background of the photo of this group from the National Woman’s Party.
Wikipedia photo information: Equal Rights Envoys of the National Woman’s Party who motored to Rapid City where the delegation, consisting principally of western women, saw President Coolidge and asked his aid for the Equal Rights Amendment which was pending in Congress. The national delegates bade farewell to Rapid City women who organized a branch in support of the Equal Rights program.
Women entertainers made some breakthroughs in the 1920s. Here’s Josephine Baker dancing the Charleston with a backdrop of doors in Jazz Age art.
Musical theatre and cabarets were popular. I couldn’t find a good door image, but it’s there somewhere.
Photo information: The theater was located at 50th Street at 7th Avenue, New York, NY.
Coco Chanel, creator of the original “little black dress” was a Roaring Twenties influencer in more than just fashion. Her fashion and personal brands were still going strong thirty years later for this photo. You see her reflection in glass doors located on the curving stairway. Imagining the architecture of a building with that feature baffles me.
This is a door from Chanel’s holiday estate on the French Riviera.
However, job opportunities for most were extremely limited. I looked at a lot of photos of women in the 1920s workforce. Oddly, no matter how long the room, I never saw any doors, as with this image of telephone operators. It made me feel they were as trapped as their impossible career advancement. Companies tried using teenaged boys for the job before “resorting” to women when the boys couldn’t behave.
History.com photo information: In many places, operators were closely monitored, subject to strict rules about dress code and behavior, with punishments for talking, laughing or even smiling… As the number of telephones in the U.S. multiplied, so did the demand for operators. In 1910, there were 88,000 female telephone operators in the United States. By 1920, there were 178,000, and by 1930, 235,000.
Thanks for entering this doorway to the Roaring Twenties with me. I hope you’ll stop and leave a friendly comment. Hugs on the wing!
My 1920s Books
Just published, Pip’s Other Adventures, Short Stories of the 1920s
Pip’s Three Things Books Series. E-books 99¢
Series link e-books: relinks.me/B08Z4F4YGX
Pip’s Other Adventures, Short Stories of the 1920s
Three Things Serial Story
Murder at the Bijou: Three Ingredients I
A Ghost in the Kitchen: Three Ingredients 2
Other 1920s Books
Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure
Kobo eBook: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hullaba-lulu
Speak Flapper – Slang of the 1920s
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