From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 2, 1922

Jazz age near end, bobbed hair to go

The age of jazz is nearing its end, Dr. Lewis E. Mudge of Philadelphia, state clerk of the Presbyterian general assembly, says. We will soon be living in the great moral age without short skirts and rolled stockings, snuggle dancing, hip pocket liquor, and — Dr. Mudge includes — bobbed hair.

“The throwing aside of all restraint brought about by the mingling of sexes during the war days is becoming passe,” he says. “This is indicated by the passing of the short skirt and the return of long hair. College dances, where jazz formerly reigned, have changed and indecent dancing and hip flasks are seldom seen now. The moral tone of the younger generation is steadily improving, and we will soon return to sober sanity.”

Can’t be bought

If you were to see a beautiful woman walking along the street would you steal her purse? Of course not. It is absurd to think of such an act. And yet, when some one makes a suggestive remark about her, and some other fellow enlarges upon it and passes along, both are committing an even greater offense. They are robbing her of her good name. She can buy a new purse. She cannot buy another reputation.

Society men wear corsets

The corset-wearing habit among men is coming into vogue again.The majority of wearers are military men, who, I learn, require a greater amount of padding than civilians. Others are ordinary well-dressed men, given to manly sports, and by no means effeminate.

A man’s figure has to be gradually coaxed into shape, and it is put first of all into a soft silk corset with scarcely any bones, until he attains by degrees to the full glory of the perfect figure.

This process usually takes three months, and five special makes of corsets are employed in the development or perhaps it would be more accurate to say the “repression” of the figure.