Grab a Flop

A page from Flapperjane's scrapbook.  Sarah Baker Collection.

  Modern Flappers I Have Known.

Many people have asked me, “Why are you doing an online journal about flappers?”  And my answer is always the same:  Flapperjane is a journal for the modern flapper.  Which begs the question, exactly what is a modern flapper?  And, aren’t all flappers essentially modern, just by virtue of being flappers?  Flapperjane will answer the first question but ignore the second, as she feels you are being just too darn didactic, especially since she hasn’t even had her hair of the dog yet!

The modern flapper is a woman of today who personifies the virtues of our flapper sisters of the 1920s, or who feels like a 1920s girl trapped in the wrong era, or both.  My dear friend Sheran is the epitome of the modern flapper. It was Sheran who first introduced me to silent films, and we know just what monster she created by doing that.  She shares my love of hot jazz—we spent many an hour at work listening to Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong together.  She has the bobbed hair of Irene Castle, the sharp wit of Dorothy Parker, and the loopy madcap spirit of Mabel Normand.  Sheran is definitely a woman trapped in the wrong era, but we're glad she's here—she keeps the rest of us modern flappers company.

There are other modern flappers I know—women like Hollie and Melissa, who dress up nearly every night and party until the break of dawn, keeping the torch burning for all the red hot mamas who went before.  There's Jayna, Heidi, Angela, Kelly, Kara—all modern flappers I know, who follow their own stars.  There are millions of you out there to whom this journal is dedicated, and we hope you enjoy not only reading it, but being a part of it.

Mrs. Parker and I met while independently researching the life of Olive Thomas, the silent film actress who portrayed the first onscreen flapper in The Flapper (1920).  We are kindred spirits, two modern flappers who just might be trapped in the wrong era.  After we collaborated on Olive’s webpage and on her documentary, we were ready to create a space for everyone who loves the 1920s, an online oasis that would be contemporary while letting you step back in time.  We will do this as long as we love it, and as long as you continue to read it.

And while we speak of Flapperjane as being devoted to the modern flapper, we have no intention of neglecting the men.  We welcome sheiks as both readers and contributors, and we intend to write about the men of the Lost Generation as well.  So do stay tuned.

In the meantime, our June issue features stories on the two greatest icons of the Jazz Age: Texas Guinan, the nightclub hostess who beat Prohibition at its own game, and Louise Brooks, one of the loveliest and most enigmatic of silent-screen flappers.  We also have our usual slew of extras.  And lamp our July/August swimsuit issue, coming out in mid-July!