50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1920s Volume 8

The 1920s (pronounced “nineteen-twenties”) was a decade that began on January 1, 1920, and ended on December 31, 1929. In America, it is frequently referred to as the “Roaring Twenties” or the “Jazz Age”, while in Europe the period is sometimes referred to as the “Golden Twenties”[1] because of the economic boom following World War I (1914-1918). French speakers refer to the period as the “Années folles” (“Crazy Years”),[2] emphasizing the era’s social, artistic, and cultural dynamism.

The 1920s saw foreign oil companies begin operations in Venezuela, which became the world’s second largest oil producing nation.[3] The devastating Wall Street Crash in October 1929 is generally viewed as a harbinger of the end of 1920s prosperity in North America and Europe. In the Soviet Union the New Economic Policy was created by the Bolsheviks in 1921, to be replaced by the first five-year plan in 1928. The 1920s saw the rise of radical political movements, with the Red Army triumphing against White movement forces in the Russian Civil War, and the emergence of far right political movements in Europe. In 1922, the fascist leader Benito Mussolini seized power in Italy. Economic problems contributed to the emergence of dictators in Eastern Europe to include Józef Piłsudski in Poland, and Peter and Alexander Karađorđević in Yugoslavia. First-wave feminism saw progress, with women gaining the right to vote in the United States (1920), Ireland (1921) and with suffrage being expanded in Britain to all women over 21 years old (1928).

In Turkey, nationalist forces defeated Greece, France, Armenia and Britain in the Turkish War of Independence, leading to the Treaty of Lausanne (July 1923), a treaty more favorable to Turkey than the earlier proposed Treaty of Sèvres. The war also led to the abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate. Nationalist revolts also occurred in Ireland (1919–1921) and Syria (1925–1927). Under Mussolini, Italy pursued a more aggressive foreign policy, leading to the Second Italo-Senussi War in Libya. In 1927, China erupted into a civil war between the Kuomintang (KMT)-led government of the Republic of China (ROC) and forces of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Civil wars also occurred in Paraguay (1922–1923), Ireland (1922–1923), Honduras (1924), Nicaragua (1926–1927), and Afghanistan (1928–1929). Saudi forces conquered Jabal Shammar and subsequently, Hejaz.

A severe famine occurred in Russia in 1921–1922 due to the combined effects of economic disturbance because of the Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War, exacerbated by rail systems that could not distribute food efficiently, leading to 5 million deaths. Another severe famine occurred in China in 1928–1930, leading to 6 million deaths. The Spanish flu (1918–1920) and the 1918–1922 Russia typhus epidemic, which had begun in the previous decade, caused 25–50 million and 2–3 million deaths respectively. Major natural disasters of this decade include the 1920 Haiyuan earthquake (258,707~273,407 deaths), the 1922 Swatow typhoon (50,000–100,000 deaths), the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake (105,385–142,800 deaths), and the 1927 Gulang earthquake (40,912 deaths).

Silent films were popular in this decade, with the 1925 American silent epic adventure-drama film Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ being the highest-grossing film of this decade, grossing $9,386,000 worldwide. Other high-grossing films of this decade include The Big Parade and The Singing Fool. Sinclair Lewis was a popular author in the 1920s, with 2 of his books, Main Street and Elmer Gantry, becoming best-selling books in the United States in 1921 and 1927 respectively. Other best-selling books of this decade include All Quiet on the Western Front and The Private Life of Helen of Troy. Songs of this decade include “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and “Stardust”. (Wikipedia)

Times Square, NYC, 1922.
Charlie Chaplin interviewing a young vaudeville actor to co-star with him in The Kid, Los Angeles, 1920.
Ladies hailing a cab, Berlin, 1920s.
Three dancers in Mills College, California, 1929.
Kids sledding on underwater ice in Charlestown, Boston, 1921.
Ladies practising archery, 1920s.
Girls walking on Esplanade Street in Weymouth, Dorset, England, 1920s.
Hounds in New Jersey, 1920s.
A stylish woman at the Longchamp races in Paris, 1929.
Flapper Halloween, 1926.
A young lady getting her hair bobbed in a men’s barber shop, 1920s.
African-American showgirls in feline costumes, 1920s.
A crowd gathers around the first car radio in Canandaigua, NYC, 1923.
Girls playing cards, 1920s.
Daytona Beach in the 1920s.
Smoking flapper in the 1920s.
Ship Garthsnaid in Otago, New Zealand, 1920s.
Ideal measurements for American women from the 1920s.
Modeling school, London, 1925.
Dog crawls through the Grey Man’s Path at Fair Head, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, 1920s.
7th and Smithfield, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1929.
Greta Garbo in ‘The Kiss’, 1929.
Two girls at Wilson Beach, Chicago, 1922.
Chorus girls work on their high kicks on the roof of the Gaiety Theatre in London, 1920s.
Young girl in swimsuit of the 1920s.
Ice cream seller with horse-drawn wagon, 1920s
Playing golf on an under construction building, Los Angeles, 1927.
Pretty girls and a big sign advertising the Sea Breeze Beach Club, California, 1926.
In a heavy rainy day, 1929.
Coco Chanel wears an ensemble of her signature jersey at home in Paris, 1929.
Tourists on the top of the Great Pyramid, 1925.
The Dolly sisters, 1924.
Josephine Baker and her Kitty, 1920.
Women playing softball, 1924
Girl posing on a fence at the Signal Hill oil field, Los Angeles, California, 1926.
The world’s strongest man, 1920s.
Children on Lenox Avenue, New York City, 1920s.
Baby in stroller bike, 1926.
Young beauty in swimsuit, 1920s.
New York filling station in the 1920s.
Cambridge undergraduates in plus fours, 1926.
Mary Pickford, 1922.
Students at Central High School, Washington DC in auto shop class, February 1927.
Paris café, 1925
Lee Miller, 1929.
Market street, San Francisco, 1920s.
Unhappy boys in bunny costumes for a school play in 1929.
1925 flowery stockings
Delivering bread in Ireland, 1920s
Frankfurt Pharmacy, Rosemead, California, 1927

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