1920’s East Africa– “AN ODE TO WOMEN IN SHORTS”
When one thinks of the “roaring twenties” one thinks of flappers in short dresses covered in lots of long fringe. Certainly that was shocking, especially considering that just a few years earlier women had for generations worn floor or at least shoe length skirts. And while no flapper style clothes had made the advertisements in the Nairobi newspapers, there was a shocking new trend – shorts!
Shorts appear on the heroines in Florence Riddell’s romantic African fiction such as Kenya Mist and Out of the Mist, but those were published in 1924 and 1926, respectively. Just how much earlier did Nairobi women make an appearance in shorts?
As early as March 1921 If the following poem (submitted to the East African Standard) is any example. It is unclear if the author, Pat Beckett, is a male or female, but I’d wager male.
Headline and poem taken from The East African Standard, March 2, 1921)
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