There's something almost magical about the decade bookmarked between two major wars. It was a time of letting go of pre-war social restraints and of seizing the day — the war made everyone aware of how short life could be. This generation of youth meant to forget the horrors of when the bombs fell by living large and embracing the outrageous.
I find it sobering writing from this side of things: the folks in the 1920s thought the worst of their problems were over. There was more money and more social freedoms – especially for women – than ever before. It was the age of the electronic revolution. Electric appliances, vacuum cleaners (or hoovers), and refrigerators gave post WW1 housewives more free time than their ancestors could ever dream of. Electrical lighting along with the telephone catapulted this generation into the modern age.The motor car brought unheard of freedom to escape the drudgeries of the daily grind. It also provided these “bright young things” easy access to unchaperoned trysts. The gramophone gave them music and dance that didn't require a live band. The radio provided widespread distribution of news and information.
They had no idea that in a very short time the world would spin off its axis again.
I love writing cozy historical mystery set in this era. I feel like I've finally found my niche. I suppose time will tell if my readers agree. 🙂
I really enjoy the research too. The fashions! Ginger Gold is a fashionista – I couldn't not give her a love for the fashions of the era, because I love them too.
There's also the music, the culture, and of course, the crime.
I'm researching everything from fountain pens to forensic procedure. From automobiles to firearms. From the monarchy to the street urchins.
If future posts I'll tackle these subjects one by one. I hope you'll join me!