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Some Wore Bobby Sox: The Emergence of Teenage Girls' Culture, 1920-1945 / Edition 1
     

Some Wore Bobby Sox: The Emergence of Teenage Girls' Culture, 1920-1945 / Edition 1

by K. Schrum
 

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ISBN-10: 1403973970

ISBN-13: 9781403973979

Pub. Date: 06/01/2004

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

Images of teenage girls in poodle skirts dominated American popular culture on the 1950's. But as Kelly Schrum shows, teenage girls were swooning over pop idols and using their allowances to buy the latest fashions well beforehand. After World War I, a teenage identity arose in the US, as well as a consumer culture geared toward it. From fashion and beauty to music

Overview

Images of teenage girls in poodle skirts dominated American popular culture on the 1950's. But as Kelly Schrum shows, teenage girls were swooning over pop idols and using their allowances to buy the latest fashions well beforehand. After World War I, a teenage identity arose in the US, as well as a consumer culture geared toward it. From fashion and beauty to music and movies, high school girls both consumed and influenced what manufacturers, marketers, and retailers offered to them. Examining both national trends and individual lives, Schrum looks at the relationship between the power of consumer culture and the ability of girls to selectively accept, reject, and appropriate consumer goods. Lavishly illustrated with images from advertisements, catalogs, and high school year books, Some Wore Bobby Sox is a unique and fascinating cultural history of teenage girl culture in the middle of the century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403973979
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Series:
Girls' History and Culture Series
Edition description:
2004
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
• Defining Teenage Girls
• Fashion Meets Teenage Girls and Girls Meet Fashion
• "Good Looks": Commercialized Beauty and Health
• "Damn Good Jazz": Music, Radio, and Dance
• "A Guiding Factor in My Life": Teenage Girls and Movies
• Conclusion

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