Feminism was very topical in the nineteen twenties. Young ladies wanted the free and easy lifestyle of men, including smoking, gambling, drinking and sexual contacts. In order to look more like men they deemphasized breasts and cut their hair short. Today we remember these young ladies as flappers: The origin of the term is uncertain, however, click here for a Geneva (New York) Historical Society blog post from 2013 with a pretty thorough summary of the etymology.
Issued in the nineteen twenties, these bookend nudes show us the short feminist haircut of the era, called “the bob,” so we know she was a flapper.