The Flapper Boys


In New York City, the working woman has taken an assumed position. She reads her paper and swings from a subway strap with the same nonchalance, as does the working man. – New York Times 1927.

There have always been standards. There have always been fundamental changes. Big-city obscurity & freedoms ungratefully give a nod to small-town judgment & scrutiny. One idea must always propel the other. Victorian thrift and denial can be in vogue only so long, before it gives way to the forbearing scandalous times of indulgence and independence. And eventually the cycle finds its way home again to the familiar restraint and old-fashioned reliability. This is the simple nature of rebellion. It’s the constant generational shift that forgets its lessons every other generation.

It is the turmoil of a simple math solution. It is the struggle of the next modern idea. “It” is Elegance.

The cause and effect of mind-blowing changes are the most elegant things in the world. There is even a scientific precision to these cycles. And they are exciting every single time because there has always been a new and overly-impressed young generation to marvel like a 2 year old who is just discovering its motor skills and the wonders of sitting up straight for the first time! Not so elegant… not yet anyway.

But, we are not talking about new HTC Droid technology, Tea Party politics or even Roman Papal sex scandals as these mind-blowing changes! Let’s go back a little further and think about when it really all first began; and if there is anything we can learn from it today. The Gordon Geco Wall Street 80s? Nope.. farther back. The Free Love-and-Peace drug-fueled 60s? Nope.. keep going. The Beaver? …almost there. The first amoeba proteus? No No No!! Much too elegant for this short blog!

Ahhh…. The Flapper Girl.

Silent film star Clara Bow. Iconic beauty & movie-star Louise Brooks. Prohibition Speakeasy madam Texas-Mary Guinan. Three of the most simply elegant creatures of the modern era as we know it today. They were elegant because they changed things at just the right times. They were there at the birth of Madison Avenue advertising. The Scopes Monkey Trials. They were there at the beginning of the first national media known as radio. They were there at the beginning of Hollywood land and the emergence of the automobile. And true as the time-honored, claws-out, eye-scratching, girl-on-girl jealousy tradition – the Victorian, Christian Feminists hated them! Sinful Jazz music and The Charleston instead of Suffragette politics and PTA uniforms?! Equal rights & independence instead of moral values & guardian-mother family roles?! Well, this surely could not be tolerated forever!

Indeed it wasn’t. And it could not go on forever. But while they had it all – They were the latest Elegance.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, in 1931, proclaimed the death of The Jazz Age as the exuberant Roaring 20’s came to an end and The Great Depression began its stranglehold on the insecurities of society. 60% of households now had their own radios and families stayed home. Soon came television. Family cars. Suburban sprawl. Astronaut Tang.. and so on..

In this still new, young century, the world is trying to just sit up straight again. The oppressed voices have been getting louder. Evolution is questionable and technology at a relatively predictable lull. All the makings of the next tidy little breaking point.

So in the spirit of silent films, I say “Fuck it!” Bring on the New Flapper Boys… It will be simply, Elegant.

About The Author

I made a choice to enter the real estate field early while considering pursuing a career either as an architect, psychologist, musician or an active duty U.S. Marine. Starting as a full time Realtor and a top agent in my first office, I quickly realized I had to expand my knowledge and education into the commercial market to better serve both my clients and customers. Experience through a varied background in many aspects of the business is what I have earned since 1987, including studying abroad for partner market investments, active memberships with National Real Estate Associations, local Equal Housing committees, and neighborhood Chambers of Commerce. Continuing education has proven to me that the industry is ever changing, and we all must meet the needs and demands of our previous and future clients and customers on local, national, and international scopes. Being proud and very grateful to have worked with the most successful and professional companies in Chicago such as Prudential, Coldwell Banker, and Rubloff only re-affirmed that the most important professional relationship in my industry is, and will continue to be directly between each Realtor and each individual client and customer. The real estate industry has changed and evolved dramatically, at the fastest pace ever in only these past few tumultuous years. Today, again I have made a choice to position myself to best use the myriad of resources available to me, to first and foremost, benefit my clients' needs above any franchise or companies' business strategy. I have been presented many Real Estate awards throughout my career. But one that I hold in high regard is a professional QSC designation with an almost 100% rating for referral, satisfied, and repeat clients. My work and reputation within the Real Estate community, business referral partners and fellow Realtor colleagues is also an indelible part of my business practice. As a Chicago Bucktown / Wicker Park resident and property owner, I greatly appreciate being able to invest personally in this market and donate a small portion from each of my closing commissions to the Chicago Mercy Home for Boys and Girls organization assisting abused and homeless children. I have always sustained and invested in my real estate career, and will continue as long as I am able to be productive, make a positive difference and truly enjoy it. It is important to me that my clients, customers and collegues enjoy it as well!

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