12/10/12Today I want to go over two of the largest fad areas in history. Those would be the 1920s, or roaring 20s, and the 1960s. Both of these were very influential times as far as fads go and lets just say they were not quite the "norm" at their time.
The Roaring 20s
First lets start out with the 1920s. Probably the most famous decade in fad history.
The fads started out rather normal such as the fashion of leather jackets and aviator or pilot hats. It is believed this fashion came from the iconic figure of the time, Charles Lindbergh, who had just made history by flying across the Atlantic.
Not all the fads were quite so normal though. Some of the more known (or as I think more interesting) examples include flag pole sitting, and flappers.
In the 1920s flappers were young women who went against the current style, of being conservative, housewives. They cut their hair to a bob, wore shorter skirts or dresses, and were considered scandalous for their time.
Flagpole sitting is my personal favorite. Just the idea that someone did this in the first place I find ridiculous, but the fact that other people started copying him I can not even begin to understand.
I bet you want to know how this crazy fad got started, well let me tell you.
It all started in 1924 when a man named Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly was dared to sit on a flagpole. Kelly took the dare (why?!) and sat on the pole for 13 hours and 13 minutes. Soon after people everywhere started trying to break his record and sit for a longer time, and soon this odd fad emerged.
This fad died out by 1930, with the longest record consisting of 51 days. I do not know if anything can explain why people thought this was a good idea, but lets take a look at what was going on in the world during this time. In the 1920s, World War I was just ending and our troops were coming back full of patriotism, because America had come out on top. The people were overwhelmed with happiness and joy, and had a newfound courage.
I am sure everyone knows what bell bottom jeans and peace signs are, but does everyone know where it came from?
Bellbottoms and lava lamps defined the 1960s, the new fashion of extra flared jeans could be found almost anywhere. In the 50s people were more straight edge and tight laced, the 60s brought some rebellion. Teens were especially found of this rebellion, they took a new approach to everything, a much calmer one. Since the Vietnam war was during this time the “Make Love, Not War” movement started during this area, and along with it formed the hippies.