My Grammy was born in 1901. She was a great portrait painter in watercolor. My mom describes the photo:
“I’m pretty sure she was in art school, since it says it’s an art school ball, so that would make it during the early 20s. She told me she was a flapper. That’s basically what they called young girls back then in that era. She said the reason they were called flappers was because it was the style to wear large galoshes (boots with flaps) and they never fastened them so they flapped. The young women were very different from earlier teenagers, like her sister. They wore short dresses, no corsets, bound their breasts so they looked boyish and “bobbed” their hair. It was quite shocking for the times.
That dress she’s wearing was supposed to make her look like an icicle with all that drippy stuff. That’s why the word “shivers” is under her picture. She gave a different name to the paper because she was afraid her father would object. “Collison” is the name and that’s why it’s crossed out and her name written over it.”