Chicago: Experience Pub. Co., circa 1926.
Staplebound wraps. "This is the only publication on the market that defends and upholds the modern flapper instead of ridiculing and reviling her" (rear cover). This "Naughty-Nice Annual" of the 1920s flapper lifestyle and humor magazine Flapper's Experience. Flapper's Experience was the successor to The Flapper (1922-1923) and Experience--The World's Greatest Teacher (1923-1925), possibly renaming the magazine frequently to evade the reformers it disparages throughout the magazine as hypocrites and zealots. The magazine's celebration of all things flapper, its impertinent humor, and its risque illustrations and photo-images of flappers in bathing suits, together brought religious and prohibitionist ire down on the magazine, and the June 1925 issue was declared unmailable by the postal service due to "obscenity." This annual includes regular columns featuring letters from readers on subjects like "My First Kiss," "My Most Embarrassing Moment," "My Greatest Thrill," "My Greatest Sorrow," "What I Have Learned About the Other Sex," "My Worst Fight," and "My Strangest Experience," as well as the cartoon strips "Radiobunnies" and "Pen and Ink Heroes," the satirical introductory article: "Extraordinary Announcement: Rumor that Good People Will Unite to Publish Popular Magazine that Will be Fit Only for Holy Purposes," and the colorful cartoon-illustrated story in jokes "Hookin' a Husband" by Mara Serriov. This issue features twenty images of flappers in bathing suits, with prizes for best photo advertised on the verso of the rear wrap, as well as illustrations in color and in black-and-white throughout. A well-preserved annual issue of this scarce Prohibition-era magazine devoted to that 1920s American brand of independent woman called the flapper.
8 1/8" X 5 3/8". 128pp. Staplebound color-printed wraps show moderate wear, with age-toning, edgewear, crease to rear top corner, and rubbing especially at spine. Binding is sound. Pages are gently age-toned with occasional small crease to corners. Illustrated throughout both in color and in black-and-white. Good +. Item #5316