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Prohibition... That was the biggest issue at hand. Went into effect on January 17, 1920, the nation was dry. A thirst needed to be quenched. So where did you go for a drink? Some went to Cuba. Others went to these gin cellars called "Speakeasies".
It was also the beginning of a young adult rebellion. Especially for young women. In these Jazz clubs, or Speakeasies, women felt liberated. Now able to drink, smoke and hang with the boys. This movement would give birth to a new kind of woman... The Flapper. Flappers were a "new breed" of young Western women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair and listened to jazz. They flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior.
Some would say it was the beginning of "modern times". A primitive version of today's society. With automobiles, jazzy style music, and most important the liberation of women. Although the early 1920s (1920-1924), recordings were still done mechanically. That means recording records through a funnel type of horn, transmitting vibrations to a diaphragm, then to a recording lathe to engrave a groove on the record.
 It was also the beginning of an era of Jazz which we now refer to as "The Jazz Age". A movement that started in 1916 with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Many Jazz bands like Ted Lewis and Paul Whiteman were pumping out hit after hit with there Big Band sounds giving birth to the Big Bands.
Many flapper singing act emerged from the early 1920s like Nora Bayes' "Prohibition Blues", Marion Harris' "I'm A Jazz Vampire", and Fanny Brice with her smash "Second Hand Rose". Duo stage acts were popular with Van And Schenck's "Ain't We Got Fun", and to end off the "mechanical era" with Al Jolson's All Alone.

If the record was produced for mono,
it should remain mono.


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