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What the Heck Happened with Society?

There is a meme going around on social media that is too profane for me to post on here as this is a family friendly site, but I am sure you are all familiar with it.  It has a picture of a classic film star or musician next to one of someone (or something) that has gained popularity here in the 21st century.  The caption reads “Men (or Women) What the (bleep) Happened?”

It means to deliver the message that at one time we were classy people with classy taste, and these days…well, not so much.

Do you believe this is true? Or are we clinging to a romanticized view of what we think society was like in the decades before most of us came into being? Continue reading

You Know You’ve Arrived When You Get Hate Mail

Hate Mail

Hate Mail (Photo credit: Jen_Mo)

It has been an excruciatingly long week, my babies, so I am glad the weekend is finally here.  The worst was when an EF0 tornado touched down not even a half a block from my digs on Wednesday and ripped the roof clean off a home.

Tornadoes never happen in this neighborhood.  We have this sense of security because we live on a large network of hills (the neighborhood is, in fact, called “The Hill”), so we are rarely ever affected by things like tornadoes and floods.

The best part of the week was receiving the first-ever hate mail for my blog.  You might be thinking one of two things here.  A) Why would such an innocent and sweet blog like The Little Jazz Baby get hate mail?  Or, B) Why the hell would receiving hate mail be the BEST part of the week?

Well, I am about to tell you… Continue reading

My Top 4 Red-Hot Jazz Daddies

You are probably looking at this title and thinking, “What the heck is a ‘Red-Hot Jazz Daddy’?”  You probably have a head full of guesses, but you aren’t really sure.

In flapper terminology, a “daddy” is a girl’s boyfriend—and odd enough, a flapper’s daddy in the parental sense is a “dapper”.  I added “red-hot jazz” to the title because it makes it look more interesting than plain old “My Top 4 Daddies”. And besides that, all the fellows on the following list were hot, physically (at least to me) and creatively.  If I had my way, I would go back in time and marry all of them. All. At the same time.  I am a polygamist at heart. Continue reading

A Little Unexpected Emergency Surgery

Hello, my babies.  I hope to have The Little Jazz Baby updated soon with my posts about Bauhaus and other art posts that I have been planning.  Unfortunately an emergency surgery put a wee wrench in my plans.

I was admitted to the hospital early Friday morning in a horrific amount of pain. I thought that it was the kidney infection I was diagnosed with this past month. It wasn’t.  It was my gall bladder, which had been giving me problems for going on four years now.  It became infected and they had no choice but to remove it first thing Saturday morning.

I never had a kidney infection.

*groan* Continue reading

The 1930s Are Starting All Over Again

Richard Henders 1930s Gratiano

Adorable British stage and screen actor Richard Henders as Gratiano in Trevor Nunn’s The Merchant of Venice, which was reset in the 1930s. (2001)

As some of you may have noticed, lately I have incorporated some 1930s era things on my blog and on my Facebook fan page in addition to information and pictures revolving around the 1920s.

I find stuff on the internet or in my files and think, “Gee, this is awesome, but it is 1930s, not 1920s. Meh, I’m going to add it anyway!”

Since I have found so much great 1930s stuff, I have decided to expand my blog to include both the 1920s and the 1930s.  There are many similarities in the 1920s and 1930s; they were both exciting decades despite Prohibition and The Great Depression. Continue reading

Help Me Spread Love for the Jazz Age!

Tales of the Jazz Age

English: Cover of a 1922 edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book Tales of the Jazz Age, painted by John Held, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you a helpless addict of the Jazz Age like I am?  Do you have a film star biography, a band, a piece of artwork, or anything that pays homage to the 1920s that you would like to promote?

Perhaps you just want to share your story about how you developed an interest in flappers, daddies, speakeasies, and all that jazz.

OR perhaps you have a Jazz Age blog of your own that you want more exposure for!

Whatever the case might be, my darlings, if you want an outlet to share your passion for the 1920s, then look no further!  The Little Jazz looking for unique voices from all over the world to help spread a little love for the Jazz Age.  Together we can show people what made the 1920s so fabulous! Continue reading

A Little Something about the Little Jazz Baby

The Little Jazz Baby and her papa around 1979.  Check out that fancy satin top he's wearing and the shag haircut!

The Little Jazz Baby and her papa around 1979. Check out that fancy satin top he’s wearing and the shag haircut!

Today I am going to do something a bit different.  I am going to take a break from the January movie posts and tell you a little more about the woman, the myth, the legend behind The Little Jazz Baby.

Admittedly I am doing this because I have been very busy lately working overtime and have not had a lot of time to prepare a lot of proper posts.  Believe it or not, I am supposed to be posting every day this month for a blog challenge I am a part of, but considering this post makes a grand total of 10 posts on this blog and January is almost done with, it’s obvious I haven’t met that post a day goal. (Oops…)

Anyhoo…thanks to Michelle Shaeffer and her e-mail with a “day 22″ writing prompt for the Ultimate Blog Challenge (I’m even a day behind on that!), I thought it might be nice to let you all know who it is behind these posts, what makes me who I am and all that jazz.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you my life story here, and most everything I say will be within the scope of my blog. Continue reading

Are You Ready to Go Back to the Jazz Age?

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Your lovely hostess, Angie Schaffer,

Oh my little darlings, I am so glad you took a spare moment out of your day to drop by my brand new little blog!  And I do hope that you like what you see here and plan on coming back often (and I wouldn’t mind at all if you spread the word about it to your friends and family…hint, hint. ;) ).

My name is Angie Schaffer.  I also answer to Ang von Scheffelheim, but as far as this blog is concerned you will always see me post by my legal name.  I have been in and out of the blogosphere for about 10 years now, blogging on politics, old Hollywood, and random this, that, and what have you.  My last blog, The Daily Hottentots, included all those topics and gained a bit of popularity in its short existence.

The feedback I received on that blog is what inspired me to start The Little Jazz Baby.  (Thanks, kids!)  I tried on many hats with that blog, just to test out the waters, you know.  You can afford to be experimental when you’re running a free blog! Anyhoo, my experimentation led to what turned out to be a very popular weekly series called Silent Star Saturday, which featured short biographies on the people who created Hollywood.

When I realized how much people loved these posts, the wheels started turning in my head; I began planning the very blog you are visiting today.

Welcome to The Jazz Age!

So what can you expect to find here?  In addition to my revival of Silent Star Saturday, readers can expect to find information about all aspects of the 1920s—the music, the films, the literature, the art, the overall culture of the decade that brought so much to the world.

Rudolph Valentino, one of the first "teen...

Rudolph Valentino, one of the first “teen idols” of the 20th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you want to learn all you can about society in the 1920s, this is the blog for you.  If you feel that you should have come of age in a speakeasy in 1922, and curse fate for sticking you in the 21st century, then you have found someone who can identify with you.  Your obsession with silent film, flappers, early jazz, bobbed hair, Art Deco, Rudolph Valentino (or Conrad Veidt…or [insert screen idol here]), is understood all too well, my friend. You are not alone.  You can get your fix here, darlings.

My goal is to entertain, educate, and inspire you about one of the most creative decades in the history of the world.  If I can do that for at least one person a day, then I feel I have done my job.

Now it’s your turn, dear reader.  Why did you come to this site today?  What do you expect to see in the future?  Please let me know by leaving a comment below.  And you can also contact me with any feedback.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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