“Oh, I’m afraid to say it. I was called Miss Gertie. The name is a pretty apt one,” says Marge Zuckerman of Pueblo, Colo. “I was so well known they said I was a flapper in my early-to-mid-20s. We had some very famous entertainers on that circuit.”
Did you go to college?
“I went to Colorado College with some friends we hired to make the costumes. … I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York a year later, though, which also was owned by Mr. Bauhin.”
How would you describe your style?
“When our father started making clothing there was a lot of flapper dressing around. … But it wasn’t until I met him that I learned what I did. He is a man that really knew what he meant. He didn’t know much about clothes; he knew what types of clothes were around,” says Marjorie Evers of Colorado Springs.
How did you get into modeling?
Bauhin’s daughter said Bauhin started talking about it back in the 1930s. “My mother, when I was 14, had her very big flapper wig and makeup, just in time for the season she came into being … and I knew right then I wanted to be a flapper or a beautician or a dancer. And he did.”
Bauhin had some success selling clothes to other flappers and models as well.
“When I was in my early 20s, I started getting calls from photographers. I’m glad my mother didn’t want to get herself into any real trouble by doing that; she would never be photographed.”
What are your thoughts on the current fashion trend?
“Most of us think the style is pretty good, but it doesn’t match my personality or the time I lived in my early career,” says Marilyn Noland of Denver. “I’d say that the modern fashions look good and are modern, but I don’t think anything else stands out. I’d like to think some of the flappers had something in them, but that’s all I can say.”
Do you ever feel like you are missing something?
“No, my husband and I didn’t ever get into it just for the money. We never wanted to get into politics or politics-related situations like that. We never thought too much about it