Sunday, November 23, 2008

Days of Yesteryear ATC Swap

The theme of this swap was Days of Yesteryear. It was make 3 and get 3 back. This swap was really fun because the theme had so many possibilities.

Because it was so close to election time, I chose to do votes for women. Can you imagine what it must have been like for these courageous suffragettes motoring through the states in an effort to get women the vote? This photo was taken in 1916 in the Nevada desert. It must have been a real challenge traveling in the heat in a car with no air conditioning and wearing those long dresses with long sleeves, and who knows what they wore underneath - corsets, pantalets?

I have always admired Annie Oakley. She was born in 1860 in a log cabin in Ohio. Her father died when she was 9 years old, so Annie shot game to feed her family. She gained the reputation as being an expert marksman. At the age of 16 she entered a shooting competition in Cincinnati where she competed against another expert marksman, Frank Butler. Annie won the competition by one point and also won Frank Butler's heart. They married and performed in a traveling shooting act. In 1885 they joined Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, and Annie was the star of the show for 17 years. Annie Oakley succeeded in breaking down barriers for women with her determination, strength of character, talents, and accomplishments.

The Jazz Age was a flamboyant time. New attitudes, and the philosophy of individualism were epitomized by the flapper culture. Flappers had style; they were "modern". They were considered fast and brazen by the older generation. Flappers wore makeup, bobbed their hair, wore glitzy, baggy dresses that exposed their arms, short skirts that exposed their legs, and wore their stockings rolled down and powdered their knees. They were the flaming youth of America.

1 comment:

Beckie Holso said...

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