June, 1927

In June of 1927, all sorts of people, primarily women, were disregarding the standards that had been set for them. People drank publicly in speakeasies as opposed to the privacy of their own homes, women began wearing clothing much more revealing than had been previously accepted, and entertainment was reaching a whole new level. People were pushing forward, breaking free of the limitations by which they were once held. Of course, it didn't hurt that new technology was being invented to aid them as well. One could even say that the environment around them (and Gladwell's "Power of Context") helped to promote the change (See Technological Advances).


What is a Flapper?

A 'flapper' is a rebellious young woman with short cut hair (bob cut), showy clothing, and heay makeup. The new Jazz music trend was an outlet for these women who would smoke, drink, and have sex like it was a card game. See The Flappers of the 1920s for more information.

Four flapper girls doing "the Charleston".


Popular Slang

Check out http://home.earthlink.net/~dlarkins/slang-pg.htm for a complete list. These are just some personal favorites.

all wet: incorrect
applesauce: flattery, nonsense
bank's closed: no kissing or making out
beercat: a hot-blooded or fiery girl
berries: (1) perfect (2) money
bimbo: a tough guy
cake-eater: a lady's man
cat's meow: great or cool
cast a kitten: to have a fit
dewdropper: a young man who sleeps all day and doesn't have a job
dick: a private investigator
dogs: feet
ducky: very good
egg: a person who lives the big life
fag: a cigarette
floorflusher: an insatiable dancer
futz: a euphanism for the f-bomb
giggle water: booze
handcuff: engagement ring
hope chest: a pack of cigarettes
joint: an establishment
juice joint: a speakeasy
mind your potatoes: mind your own business
munitions: face powder
noodle juice: tea
nookie: sex
on a toot: a drinking binge
petting pantry: movie theater
petting party: one or more couples making out in a room or automobile
piffle: baloney: bogus
quiff: a slut or cheap prostitute
rag-a-muffin: a dirty or disheveled individual
razz: to make fun of
rhatz!: how disappointing!
rub: a student dance party
rummy: a drunken bum
splifficated: drunk
stilts: legs
struggle: modern dance
sugar daddy: older boyfriend who showers girl with money/gifts in exchange for sex
swanky: good or elegant
tomato: a 'ripe' female
torpedo: a hired thug or hitman
vamp: a seducer of men
zozzled: drunk

Historical Monuments

The American Icon

Work on the famous American icon Mount Rushmore began. It would take another 12 years to complete this treasure that features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
An artist working on Mount Rushmore.


June 14-17 - US Open - won by Tommy Armour (Golf)
Tommy Armour

June 11 - Babe Ruth hits 19th and 20th home runs out of 60.

Babe Ruth

June 23 - Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees hits 3 home runs in 11-4 victory over Red Sox
Lou Gehrig

June 8 - Tony Lazzeri hit 3 home runs in 1 game, Beat the White Sox 12-11

Tony Lazzeri



On June 11 of 1927, filming of The Jazz Singer began. This would be the first real use of sound in a motion picture, creating what would bring about the end of silent movies.

The Broadway version of The Jazz Singer underwent a revival in 1927. It suffered from great popularity throughout the year.

So, what's at the petting pantry? - Film

June 4 - Robert McKim debuted as the villain in Fairbanks' "Mark of Zorro"


The "Wheel Skate"

The first "Wheel Skates" were on the market for the first time in June of 1927. Soon after, roller rinks were created to use them in, starting the Roller Rink trend.

Well isn't that Ducky? - Music

Top 20 Hits of 1927:
1. I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover - (Nick Lucas or Ben Bernie)
2. Ain't She Sweet? - Ben Bernie
3. My Blue Heaven - Gene Austin
4. Me and My Shadow - Whispering Jack Smith
5. Singin' The Blues - Frankie Trumbauer
6. Blue Skies - Ben Selvin
7. Someone To Watch Over Me - Gertrude Lawrence
8. Lucky Lindy - Vernon Dalhart
9. Varsity Drag - George Olsen
10. In A Mist - Bix Beiderbecke
11. In A Little Spanish Town - Paul Whiteman
12. Some Of These Days - Sophie Tucker & Ted Lewis
13. Tonight You Belong To Me - Gene Austin
14. At Sundown (When Love Is Calling Me Home) - George Olson
15. Two Black Crows - Parts 1 & 2 (The Early Bird Catches The Worm) - Moran & Mack
16. Mr. Jelly Lord - Jelly Roll Morton's Red-Hot Peppers
17. Russian Lullaby - Roger Wolfe Kahn
18. Charmaine! - Guy Lombardo
19. Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider - Red Nichols
20. Lindbergh (Eagle of the U.S.A.) - Vernon Dalhart



How swanky!

Automat, painted by Edward Hopper

Floating Figure, sculpted by Gaston Lachaise



The 1927 Ford Model T was the most popular car around.
Model T 1927

Have a petting party!



S'mores originated from the Girl Scouts book, Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts, 1927. amz_smores.jpg
The idea came from the old Victorian sandwich cookies. Scout leaders wanted a way to have girls create these treats for themselves so they came up with this

"Some More"
8 sticks (for toasting the marshmallows)
16 graham crackers
8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands, broken in two)
16 marshmallows
Toast two marshmallows over the coals to a crisp gooey state and then put them inside a graham cracker and chocolate bar sandwich. The heat of the marshmallow between the halves of chocolate bar will melt the chocolate a bit. Though it tastes like "some more" one is really enough.
S'mores invention


Dancing was a HUGE part of the life and times of june 1927. With the trend of Flappers being more intense than ever, everyone, men children and women, were dancing. Two popular dances were the Charleston and the Lindy Hop.
The Charleston


The Lindy Hop

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