The “Roaring Twenties” You May Not Know: Post 6 – Gangsters

Last post I talked about Prohibition. Here we see the result: 1920s: Gangsters, Gun Molls, and Gin Joints Danny Connor, in SIRENS, is a gangster. Lou is his moll, or girlfriend. While both are fictional characters, I could envision that when the very real Al Capone left New York for Chicago in 1921, someone had to fill the void, so I made up Danny. He’s not a nice man. Gangsters are not nice … [Read more...]

The “Roaring Twenties” You May Not Know: Post Five – Prohibition

In my last post I referenced Prohibition. Here's what it meant: No More Booze! (Really?) Prohibition in the 1920s In SIRENS, Jo Winter’s father is a bootlegger, a middle man for the sale of alcohol. That gets him into big trouble because it means he’s doing something illegal in 1925; and worse yet, he may be hiding something from the gangster he sells to, Danny Connor. Pops’ bad decisions … [Read more...]

The “Roaring Twenties” You May Not Know: Post 4. Flappers

My previous post addressed 1920s fashion. Here's what happened to behavior: New York City in 1925: Up All Night In one scene in SIRENS Jo goes to a New York speakeasy. She can see that Melody is “up all night” most nights. So were most young people in the cities, which is one reason they were the Roaring Twenties. What was that all about? They were the “Roaring Twenties.” It was the … [Read more...]

The “Roaring Twenties” You May Not Know: Post 3. The Women’s Fashion Revolution

In my previous post, I addressed women's suffrage. Now let's look at another impact on behavior. Fashion really took a turn in the 1920s, due in part to the influence of Coco Chanel... Kicking Up Their Heels: The Women’s Fashion Revolution of the 1920s Flappers were defined in part by how they looked. When in SIRENS Jo meets her cousin Melody, she sees the perfect flapper; and when Jo … [Read more...]