Some Wore Bobby Sox

The Emergence of Teenage Girls’ Culture, 1920–1945

  • Authors
  • Kelly Schrum

Part of the Girls’ History and Culture book series (GHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Kelly Schrum
    Pages 1-10
  3. Kelly Schrum
    Pages 11-21
  4. Kelly Schrum
    Pages 23-68
  5. Kelly Schrum
    Pages 69-96
  6. Kelly Schrum
    Pages 97-127
  7. Kelly Schrum
    Pages 129-168
  8. Kelly Schrum
    Pages 169-174
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    Pages 175-178
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 179-209

About this book


Images of teenage girls in poodle skirts dominated American popular culture on the 1950's. But as Kelly Schrum shows, teenage girls were swooning over pop idols and using their allowances to buy the latest fashions well beforehand. After World War I, a teenage identity arose in the US, as well as a consumer culture geared toward it. From fashion and beauty to music and movies, high school girls both consumed and influenced what manufacturers, marketers, and retailers offered to them. Examining both national trends and individual lives, Schrum looks at the relationship between the power of consumer culture and the ability of girls to selectively accept, reject, and appropriate consumer goods. Lavishly illustrated with images from advertisements, catalogs, and high school year books, Some Wore Bobby Sox is a unique and fascinating cultural history of teenage girl culture in the middle of the century.


culture gender history modern history North America social science sociology United States of America

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4039-7397-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-73134-3
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