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By Siofra Brennan For Mailonline. Stunning images of Flapper girls from the s have been given a new lease of life by being colourised, showing the women of the era as they've never been seen before. The images taken of leading actresses and women keeping flasks in their boot, during the era of prohibition, have been painstakingly brought back to life by adding colour. The vibrant pictures show flappers who broke away from the Victorian concept of femininity - and created what many consider to be the 'modern' woman - in a whole new light. Flappers, was a term used for a generation of Western women in the s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behaviour. They were a controversial group for their time as they were seen as brash. Flappers would wear excessive makeup, drink, smoke, drive cars and treat sex in a casual manner. And many were shocked by the flapper's skimpy attire and licentious behaviour.
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Flappers were a generation of young Western women in the s who wore short skirts just at the knee was short for that time period , bobbed their hair, listened to jazz , and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes in public, driving automobiles, treating sex in a casual manner , and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. However, there was a reaction to this counter culture, mostly by older, more conservative people who belonged in different generations. They claimed that the flappers' dresses were 'near nakedness', 'flippant', 'reckless', and unintelligent. The slang term "flapper" may derive from an earlier use in northern England to mean "teenage girl", referring to one whose hair is not yet put up and whose plaited pigtail "flapped" on her back,  or from an older word meaning "prostitute". The standard non-slang usage appeared in print as early as in England and in the United States, when novelist Desmond Coke used it in his college story of Oxford life, Sandford of Merton : "There's a stunning flapper". This move became quite a competitive dance during this era. By , newspapers as serious as The Times used the term, although with careful explanation: "A 'flapper', we may explain, is a young lady who has not yet been promoted to long frocks and the wearing of her hair 'up'". Americans, and those fortunate English folk whose money and status permit them to go in freely for slang terms The sketch is of a girl in a frock with a long skirt, "which has the waistline quite high and semi- Empire ,