Ever since reading "The Man in the Rockefeller Suit" by Mark Seal, I've been obsessed with the 20s and 30s! I highly recommend Seal's book - it's a *total* page-turner. That then lead me to read "Titan - The Biography of John D. Rockefeller," "American Empress - The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post" by Nancy Rubin (Post was the heiress of the C.W. Post cereal empire); "Flapper - A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern" by Joshua Zeitz, and "Painfully Rich - The Outrageous Fortune and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty" by John Pearson.
Now I'm reading "When the Astors Owned New York - Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age" by Justin Kaplan. The story of John Jacob Astor IV has always fascinated me, because he perished in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, but not before saving his young wife who was five months pregnant with his child.
So after doing all this reading, I decided to doll up Maxine in some of my clothing and accessories that capture the timeless styles that were so popular in the 20s and 30s.