They called them the Roaring Twenties. It was the decade of jazz clubs and cocktail bars, when daring young women wore their skirts short and their hair shorter; daring young men straddled motorbikes or, if they could afford it, got behind the wheel of a private motor car for the first time.

Society was emerging from the horror of World War I, shaking off the misery and deprivation of four awful years and trying to come to terms with the huge social change the conflict had brought about. Class barriers were tumbling, though they still had a long way to fall.

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