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When ‘Petting Parties’ Scandalized The Nation

Two flapper women — with their dates — sit on a bed in Chicago, circa 1928.


To some social observers, petting parties of the 1920s were a natural, post-First World War outgrowth of a repressed society. To others, the out-in-the-open hug-and-kissfests were blinking neon signposts on the Road to Perdition.

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