What led to the Stock Market Crash in 1929?

The 1920s were known as the “Roaring 20s” because of great economic and social growth in the US. It was also a time of liberation for women as they broke free of many of the constraints of the Victorian era, which was manifested in the hair styles and fashion of the times. If you run an internet search of “Roaring 20s,” you’ll find pictures and videos of people dancing and having fun.  The twenties were also a time of unprecedented …

Audiobook Narrator Elizabeth Klett

How long have you been working as an audio book narrator? How did you get into the business? I started narrating professionally in 2011. I volunteered for LibriVox.org from 2007-2015, and produced many solo and group projects for their site – including many of my favorite classic authors, such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott, and many more. The LibriVox founder started an audiobook production company and brought in some of the veteran narrators to work with him, …

What it’s like to be a research assistant for Ginger Gold

Norm Strauss is the husband of Author Lee Strauss and part of the writing and marketing team at La Plume Press. As you can imagine, writing historical mysteries can be challenging. The ‘mystery’ part of it is hard enough of course. This often requires creative brainstorming that includes lots of scratching of the chin, and lots of ‘Hmm. What if this?’ or ‘What if that?’. It’s the science of inventive thinking, albeit with a vaguely dark twist to it since …

The Oldest Boxing Club in all of Britain…

Set in what is historically one of the poorest parts of London in the area of Bethnal Green, this former Victorian Bathhouse was turned into the Repton Boxing Club in 1884. Because boxing requires little or no equipment (in the past bare-knuckle fighting was common), it gave poor and working-class men a chance to gain both fortune and recognition. The Club’s Motto was “No guts… no glory”, which meant that having a tough reputation was likely to get you somewhere, no …

Beachwear in the Roaring 20s!

This is a repost of one of the most popular blog posts from LeeStraussBooks.com What is better than a Summer day on the beach? Going to the beach or the local swim hole was a popular activity in the 1920s. Whether one actually went swimming or not, everyone wanted to be seen in their fashionable beach wear. Swimwear was originally made out of wool in the early 1920s. However this wouldn’t last for long, it was the roaring twenties after …

Women’s rights in the 1920s – How much do you know?

This is a repost of one the most popular blog posts at LeeStraussBooks.com. I hope you enjoy it! The ‘Roaring Twenties’ introduced a wave of industrial and cultural change in both the US and England: new dances, new music, and more significantly, new attitudes towards women’s rights. Many of these changes were sparked by the extensive role that women played in the workforce during WWl. Growing employment opportunities for women enabled them to gain financial independence and emboldened them to view …

Marriage & Divorce in the 1920s

The Ginger Gold Mystery blogs will feature inside news and scoops about the world of Ginger Gold and all things 1920s. Some of the posts will be reposts from LeeStraussBooks.com. I’m looking forward to sharing my passion about this era, and Ginger Gold in particular, with you! (This is a repost of one of the most popular blog posts from LeeStraussBooks.com) During the 1920s there was more money and more social freedom, especially for women, than ever before. It was …