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The Bobbed Haired Bandit: A True Story of Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York.


The bobbed haired bandit; a true story of crime and celebrity in 1920s New York.

Duncombe, Stephen and Andrew Mattson.

New York U. Pr.


383 pages




She was young, modern, and she packed heat. She had everything a flapper would want, that is, except for money. Clad in a fur coat, Celia Cooney made off with the aforesaid money through a series of grocery store robberies that were reported by the likes of Ring Lardner and Walter Lippman, decried as the evidence that American youth were are going to hell in a handbasket, and admired as a working class hero. Cooney kept her audience going by living to sell herself in the newspapers. Duncombe (politics and history of media and culture, New York U.) and Mattson (American studies and media studies, State U. of New York) examine the conflicts built into the very structure of the media of the time, working from interviews and careful archival research, right down to the popular songs and jokes.

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Date:May 1, 2006
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