Kids those days!
December 26, 2013 9:25 AM Subscribe
A few of Ernie Bushmiller's WW2-era Nancy
comics mention a subculture called "Jitterbug" (as in "a jitterbug") that has its own fashion that I've never seen depicted anywhere else: Example 1
, Example 2
. Was this an actual thing?
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In the Nancy strips I've only ever seen women depicted as jitterbugs and based on the examples and a few other comics this is what I've put together:
-Berets or kerchiefs as headwear
-Oversized sweaters/smocks worn over clothing
-Names written on shirts/pants
-Rolled-up pants and "unfeminine" shoes (Bushmiller generally depicts grown women wearing heels, and Nancy is definitely wearing different shoes than her regular pair when dressed up as a jitterbug.)
There was also a few comics where Nancy has a friend her age named Jenny the Jitterbug who speaks in rhyming, beatnik-esque slang. However, she's not dressed in this way.