Savage Flappers go wild with ukuleles

Well, I got your attention, anyway…; the photographs below come from the New York Tribune, 16 July 1922, wherein are described the savages, college girls who act as guides to visitors to the Yellowstone National Park.

'Savages' with ukuleles around a log fire

The accompanying text says, in part:

A ‘savage’ generically speaking, is any one who works there, but in actual use of Yellowstonese more minute classifications are made. The ‘gear-jammer’ is the driver of your big yellow bus, the ‘pack rat’ is one of the college boys who work as porters, and when you speak of a ‘savage’ you usually are referring to one of that merry band which has become as celebrated in the Yellowstone as Old Faithful itself — the college girls who earn books and tuition during the summer as guides, waitresses and tent girls in the Yellowstone camps and who keep the great wonderland lively with their songs, plays and adventures. She is a happy and self-reliant creature, the savage, and the best type of American girl…

Savage flapper without ukelele

The savage summer commences at Salt Lake City, when the ‘Savage Special’, a real limited, pulls out of the station and heads north for west Yellowstone early in June…  Ukeleles are unlimbered and every station is serenaded right up to the park entrance itself, where, piling into the waiting buses, the savages scatter to the various camps.

So I wasn’t telling too much of a fib.

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