Created By: ccoa on August 8, 2012 Last Edited By: MacronNotes on March 8, 2013
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Twenties Bob Haircut

Bobbed hair used to set the piece in the twenties or indicate a flapper

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This is a TRS mandated redefine/Split of Bob Haircut, as seen here.


If you want the audience to quickly place the timeframe that a work takes place in, the easiest way is to sprinkle it with the aesthetic that the timeframe is famous for. In the case of the Roaring Twenties, few things are as iconic as The Flapper, and all flappers (at least, according to Hollywood) have bobbed hair.

A character wearing such a hairstyle will more often than not also be The Flapper, although she could alternatively represent another type of socially progressive woman. Because this was a time frame where women were expected to be subservient to men and Stay in the Kitchen, defying Long Hair Is Feminine is a powerful visual statement that the woman in question didn't subscribe to the then-accepted notions of a "woman's place."

Unlike its derived cousin trope, the SciFi Bob, a Twenties' Bob can be curly (usually Quirky Curls rather than Regal Ringlets) or messy. Asymmetry is much rarer in this trope, as well.

Examples:

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  • Cutting It Short, a Czech film from The '80s directed by Jiri Menzel, based on a novella of the same name by Bohumil Hrabal. Maryshka is a young wife of a local brewery manager. She's extremely lively and spirited, completely unashamed to publicly do things which others only think or do in private. She has gorgeous long honey blond hair, wavy and thick. Her hair is admired by the whole town and they compare it to its memorable sights. At the end of the movie, she decides to have her hair cut like Josephine Baker. [[note]] It's an anachronism as the film is explicitly set in 1918 when Ms Baker was only 13 years old.[[/note]] This is the last straw for her husband who spanks her in front of a board of directors of the brewery.
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie:
    • Most women Millie sees in the street at the beginning of the film wear bob haircuts. It's one of the fashion things that Millie gets obsessed with.
    • Millie bobs her hair as part of her Makeover Montage. Other things she does include getting a new shorter dress and a Nice Hat, and trying to invoke Petite Pride as her silhouette is not perfect for the year 1922.
    • Subverted with her friend Miss Dorothy who has cute curly hair. She's a very feminine girly girl character and not overly lively. Millie convinces her to bob her hair at one point; however, she then meets Millie's boss who falls in love with her and tells her that cutting such gorgeous hair would be a sin.
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  • The first chapter of the Anno Dracula novella "Vampire Romance", set in 1923, is called "Genevieve Bobs Her Hair", in imitation of Fitzgerald. Genevieve gets a bob as part of fitting in to the new era.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair", from 1920. The idea of a girl wanting to bob her hair makes her very attractive to the boys in town.
  • In Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum by author/illustrator Meghan Mc Carthy, a mother and daughter with 1920s bobbed haircuts are shown on one page blowing bubble gum bubbles. Justified since bubble gum was invented in 1928 and the scene is intended as a historical depiction.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • In Downton Abbey S2, at the end of World War One, Lady Mary Crawley idly threatens to bob her hair. In S3, her sisters, Lady Edith and Lady Sybil, both get bobs, but the more conservative Mary keeps her long hair.
  • There were several young flapper girls in the Jeeves and Wooster TV series with bobs.
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  • One of the Splicer models in BioShock, Baby Jane, has a pageboy haircut. That along with her outfit is an indication that she's a flapper.
  • Tae Asakura from Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army has bobbed hair. The game is set in Japan in the Roaring Twenties and she's a flapper.
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  • Lackadaisy -- Ivy's haircut is supposed to be visual short hand for her post-secondary, pro-feminist education and behavior. And she's definitely a flapper.
  • Flannery from Templar Arizona: her hair and 1920's outfits are used to indicate the alternate history setting where people who casually dress in the fashions of prior decades are a visable subculture.
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Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • August 8, 2012
    Duncan
    F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair", from 1920. The idea of a girl wanting to bob her hair makes her very attractive to the boys in town.
  • August 8, 2012
    JonnyB
    Needs A Better Picture.
  • August 8, 2012
    ccoa
    Feel free to suggest one.
  • August 8, 2012
    randomsurfer
    There were several young flapper girls in the Jeeves And Wooster TV series with bobs, but I can't think of any of their names offhand.
  • August 8, 2012
    JonnyB
    Louise Brooks had a very iconic look.


  • August 12, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    ^ I second this picture!
  • August 13, 2012
    ccoa
    I'd prefer one that shows the differences between this and Sci Fi Bob Haircut, honestly. That's why I initially went with one with curly hair.
  • August 13, 2012
    CharacterInWhite
    • Lackadaisy Cats -- Ivy's haircut is supposed to be visual short hand for her post-secondary, pro-feminist education and behavior. And she's definitely a flapper.
  • August 13, 2012
    JonnyB
    ^^ There often wasn't a whole lot of difference. Sometimes it was straight like that. But if you want to go with curly hair, try this one.


  • February 21, 2013
    willthiswork
    Flannery from Templar, AZ: her hair and 1920's outfits are used to indicate the alternate history setting where people who casually dress in the fashions of prior decades are a visable subculture.
  • February 21, 2013
    KTera
  • February 21, 2013
    XFllo
    Louise Brooks's pic is gorgeous and very roaring twenties. I prefer it to the curly one.
  • February 21, 2013
    Xtifr
    Film:
    • Most of the women in Thoroughly Modern Millie wore their hair this way; it's one of the fashion things that Millie gets obsessed with.
  • February 22, 2013
    willthiswork
    This example is on Bob Haircut right now, it sounds like it fits here:

  • February 22, 2013
    m8e
    Related to Power Hair.
  • February 22, 2013
    MaxWest
    In "Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum" by author/illustrator Meghan Mc Carthy, a mother and daughter with 1920s bobbed haircuts are shown on one page blowing bubble gum bubbles. Justified since bubble gum was invented in 1928 and the scene is intended as a historical depiction.
  • February 25, 2013
    XFllo
    To elaborate on the Thoroughly Modern Millie example:

    Film - Live Action
    • Thoroughly Modern Millie:
      • Most women Millie sees in the street at the beginning of the film wear bob haircuts. It's one of the fashion things that Millie gets obsessed with.
      • Millie bobs her hair as part of her Makeover Montage. Other things she does include getting a new shorter dress and a Nice Hat, and trying to invoke Petite Pride as her silhouette is not perfect for the year 1922.
      • Subverted with her friend Miss Dorothy who has cute curly hair. She's a very feminine girly girl character and not overly lively. Millie convinces her to bob her hair at one point; however, she then meets Millie's boss who falls in love with her and tells her that cutting such gorgeous hair would be a sin.

  • February 25, 2013
    XFllo
    Film - live action
    • Cutting It Short, a Czech film from The Eighties directed by Jiri Menzel, based on a novella of the same name by Bohumil Hrabal. Maryshka is a young wife of a local brewery manager. She's extremely lively and spirited, completely unashamed to publicly do things which others only think or do in private. She has gorgeous long honey blond hair, wavy and thick. Her hair is admired by the whole town and they compare it to its memorable sights. At the end of the movie, she decides to have her hair cut like Josephine Baker. [[hottip:note: It's an anachronism as the film is explicitly set in 1918 when Ms Baker was only 13 years old.]] This is the last straw for her husband who spanks her in front of a board of directors of the brewery.

    It is depicted similarly in the novella, only it's narrated from the woman's point of view and in the book, she is even livelier and sometimes downright crazy. I don't know whether the literature version of this exaple should be added separately. If yes, I will write it.
  • February 25, 2013
    Cassis
    Live-Action TV:

    • In Downton Abbey S2, at the end of World War One, Lady Mary Crawley idly threatens to bob her hair. In S3, her sisters, Lady Edith and Lady Sybil, both get bobs, but the more conservative Mary keeps her long hair.
  • February 25, 2013
    DaibhidC
    • The first chapter of the Anno Dracula novella "Vampire Romance", set in 1923, is called "Genevieve Bobs Her Hair", in imitation of Fitzgerald. Genevieve gets a bob as part of fitting in to the new era.
  • March 4, 2013
    XFllo
    Bumping.
  • March 4, 2013
    katiek
    The Melanie Griffith character in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild. At least for the first half of the movie. She even calls herself Lulu, in reference to the Louise Brooks character.
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