Coronado Public Library Exhibits

Free exhibits are currently On View at the library and at the Coronado Community Center (C3) Gallery.

Bobs, Beads, and Flappers: Women's Fashion in the 1920sWOMEN’S FASHIONS IN THE 1920s Case 1

One hundred years ago the fashions and lifestyle of the “flappers” were in full swing. The death of millions of young men in World War I caused many youths to believe that life was short and fun should be had while one still could. The arrival of jazz, fast cars, and money happened when many young women moved to the city and started working. The movies became popular, and women got their fashion cues from the stars of the day: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and others.


World events also influenced fashion and jewelry styles. The Exposition des Arts Decoratif in Paris in 1925 launched the popularity of Art Deco in architecture, furniture, jewelry, and dress ornamentation. King Tutankhamun’s tomb and treasures were found two years earlier in Egypt in 1923. The styles of these Egyptian objects became very popular (as did movies about classical Egypt). The color of “Eau de Nil” (water of the Nile) green became a popular color for dresses and gowns of the mid-1920s – to reappear on the dresses of Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren in costumes by Edith Head in the 1950s and 60s.


The items on exhibit provide a window into the tastes of the young women of the Jazz Age and the new consumer items available to them. While corsets are still present in advertisements, this period and the few years before was the first time women were not tightly bound by their undergarments. The bra as shown was typical of those in the 1920s, where the flat-chested look was desired along with the drop-waisted dress. By contrast, the flapper skirt was short, worn for daytime or informally.


Make-up and lipstick had become popular for the young woman – a novelty. The vanity cases became an item of necessity as well as something to show off. The big hats of the 1910s became tight-fitting cloche hats, skull caps, or even just scarves tied around the head. Long ropes of pearls and bead necklaces were another signature.

The Spirit of Spring Exhibit by the San Diego Watercolor SocietyA Good Read by Julie Anderson

As His Eyes Saw It

Two People on a BikePhotos by Major Morris, educator and photographer from the US northeast in the 1960s

During his long life of 95 years, Major Morris was a photographer, a World War II veteran, a college professor, a Harvard University graduate and a champion of education.

Major Morris grew up in Cincinnati's poverty-stricken West End during the Great Depression. He dropped out of high school at 15 to help support his family after his grandmother’s death. Morris served in the Po Valley of Northern Italy in the segregated US Army during WWII.  After the war he worked several menial positions while trying to continue to educate himself at night school, among others at MIT.  He was accepted to Harvard University at the age of 55 and got his master’s degree in 1976. During his working life and time at Harvard he supplemented his income as a freelance photographer. Morris went on to become a college administrator and professor teaching education and was a lifelong champion of nurturing children’s dreams of a better future regardless of their circumstances. Major Morris died in 2016.

World War II: Portraits of Honor

Photos by Jeffery Rease

Coronado's Tom Rice is one of the veterans featured in the 'World War II Portraits of Honor' project, a celebration of the Greatest Generation which aims to capture the images and stories of veterans of the second world war.