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Rock & Roll Youth Culture in 1950s Britain
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Being a Teddy Girl in Post war London

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Maureen was born in 1940 and lived through the Second World War. Here she talks about her days postwar of being a Teddy girl, and her working life in a factory.

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Teddy Girls

"Even though they were less documented overall, Teddy Girls were arguably the real statement makers out of the two cultural groups. They shunned the conventional perception of women by adopting boyish hairstyles and imitating the Teddy Boys dress sense and characteristics"

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1950s Style Crush: Teddy Girls

1950s Style Crush: Teddy Girls | Teddy Girls | Scoop.it

Regarded as the first British female youth tribe – ‘Judies’ as they were also known were young working class girls who left school early and spent their days working in boring offices and factories. At odds with their parents who wouldn’t have understood the pursuit and importance of leisure time; the girls wanted to break free from post war austerity and did so through fashion and music.

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Teddy Boy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Teddy Boy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Teddy Girls | Scoop.it


Teddy girls (also known as Judies) wore drape jackets, pencil skirts, hobble skirts, long plaits, rolled-up jeans, flat shoes, tailored jackets with velvet collars, straw boater hats, cameo brooches, espadrilles, coolie hats and long, elegant clutch bags. Later they adopted the American fashions of toreador pants, voluminous circle skirts, and hair in ponytails.
Their choice of clothes wasn’t only for aesthetic effect: these girls were collectively rejecting post-war austerity. They were young working-class women, often from Irish immigrant families who had settled in the poorer districts of London — Walthamstow, Poplar and North Kensington. They would typically leave school at the age of 14 or 15, and work in factories or offices. 

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Style Icons: Teddy Girls « Quite Continental

Style Icons: Teddy Girls « Quite Continental | Teddy Girls | Scoop.it
Smaller in number, less well-known and less frequently photographed, Teddy Girls pushed the boundaries of conventional 1950s style for women, with some perfectly emulating the Teddy Boys in both hair style and dress.
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Two Teddy girls, Battersea funfair - photograph - Exploring 20th Century London

Two Teddy girls, Battersea funfair - photograph - Exploring 20th Century London | Teddy Girls | Scoop.it
These two 'Teddy girls' are dressed to impress. The teddy girl outfits were designed to attract maximum attention and defied the drab styles of the older generation.
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A teddy girl!

Suddenly everyone was talking about Teddy Boys and Teddy Girls. The craze for bobby socks and long slit skirts had started. I wanted to be a part of it all. It wasn’t long after the humiliation of the office dance. The combination of feeling inferior, and thinking office work was stuffy, led me to leave the Prudential and take a job at the Gorgeous Bra factory.

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1950s Teenager Fashion History - Teddy Boys, Fashion Idols 50's

1950s Teenager Fashion History - Teddy Boys, Fashion Idols 50's | Teddy Girls | Scoop.it
Fashion History - Teenage idols of the 1950s.
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19th 20th Century History images: Teddy Boys in Notting Hill, 1954 ...

19th 20th Century History images: Teddy Boys in Notting Hill, 1954 ... | Teddy Girls | Scoop.it

"I hadn't realised 'Teddy Boys' and 'Spivs' were synonymous...."

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