The Teddy Boys 1940s

The economic prosperity of the post-World war II period and the
followers of the baby boomers born after the war aided to the
contribution of a distinctive and international youth culture (Romano,
2010. Pp 232). The Teddy Boy (Teds) movement appeared in the 50’s as
England was coming to the conclusion of post austerity. The
manifestation of the Teddy Boys in the early 50’s was not explained
until recently because of the increasing curiosity in English sub-cults
especially the sub-cults of the post-war era. During the period, once a
kid became a teenager, the habits and clothing styles of the adult were
often adopted however, the Teddy Boys became the first group to assume
a highly different style of dress, which was a chief display of
belonging to the Ted sub-cult, but not all teenagers joined the group
(Thomas, 2006. Pp 222). Like some today’s sub-cults like Hoodies, the
Teddy Boys were demonized to some degree. Their instant inherited
sub-cults were the Cosh Boys and Spivs. Nevertheless, another group
emerging from a different class is deemed to have a decisive influence.
According to the current view, the foundation of the Teddy Boys was in
Savile Row.
Before the appearance of the working category Teds, there was a small
but influential uprising by Savile Row tailors, which was possibly
responding to the demands from demobilizing officials that disliked the
proceeding Post-war drabness. The chief argument is that the tailors
desired to reignite trade again therefore, they deliberately set the
designing of suits based on the Edwardian designs of 1901-1910. The
designs comprised of long jackets having velvet collars, slim ties, and
bright ankle socks (Romano, 2010. Pp 232). In addition, they had long
and greased hair. The clothes inevitably utilized more cloth than was
allowed in the war and comprised of a romantic cut that gave a general
impression of elegance. The working category young men stumbled upon
this upper group style it is proposed that, the Elephant Mob, which was
a gang, was on an expedition when they noticed the new expensive-looking
Edwardian style and decided imitating it. It is also suggested that the
working class admired the new look and emulated it however, it was not
a straight copy (Szeman & Kaposy, 2011. Pp 257). The Teds did not wear
hats and instead wore greased hair. The Teddy Boy subculture commenced
in London and became spread across England.
Despite the Teddy Boys being associated with the rock n’ roll music,
their style had a prediction (Steinberg, 2006. Pp 296). The early Ted
music did not constitute of rock n’ roll, which had not arrived from
America till the mid 50’s, but the Teddy Boys were earlier associated
with skiffle and jazz for instance, The Creep, was exceedingly popular
with the Teds. When rock n’ roll music made its emergence, it became
assumed by the teenagers and especially Teds the Teds later became
strongly associated with the rock n’ roll music (Romano, 2010. Pp
The society initially perceived the Teddy Boys as being a menace or
threat to society order due to their shocking behavior and appearance.
However, the Teds can be viewed as rebellious pioneers, who were making
a strong fashion statement that depicted the development of a style of
clothing, which differed from the ones adopted by their fathers. The
Teds represented a show of a new fashion developed for the first time by
teenage boys.
Reference list
Romano, M. J. (2010). CliffsNotes AP European history with CD-ROM.
Hoboken, NJ, Wiley Pub.
Steinberg, S. R. (2006). Contemporary youth culture: an international
encyclopedia 2. 2. Westport, Conn. [u.a.], Greenwood Press.
Szeman, I., & Kaposy, T. (2011). Cultural theory: an anthology.
Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell.
Thomas, D. (2006). Villains` paradise: a history of Britain`s
underworld. New York, Pegasus Books.

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