Flapper Friday–the book launch party for The Impersonator–was a great success and great fun! About 150 people came for my short talk on the weired-but-true things I learned about Prohibition. Great food, courtesy of the Library of Virginia. Champagne for the “wets” and punch for the “dries.” And it was fun seeing so many people come dressed in period attire. The Charleston lessons helped educate a good number of young people on the finer points of this popular dance.
I brought two of my grandmother’s flapper dresses for display. These date to the mid-1920s and are very heavy with bugle beads, hand-sewn in beautiful patterns. As you might expect, they are rather fragile, but I loved having them for “show and tell.” It made it seem a little like my grandmother (1900-1995) was there with us.