50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1920s Volume 9

The 1920s (pronounced “nineteen-twenties,” often shortened to the “20s”) 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” because of the economic boom following World War I (1914-1918). French speakers refer to the period as the “Années folles” (“Crazy Years”), 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. 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 Pilsudski in Poland, and Peter and Alexander Karadordevic 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 Kanto 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)

Women at Long Beach, New York, 1920s.
Mary Pickford turns Hollywood Blvd into Santa Claus Lane, 1928.
Girl with her doll, 1920.
Couple at the beach, 1921.
Children sleeping on the roof of a school, for orphans, 1920s.
The winner of a beauty contest in 1922.
Minneapolis women lining up to vote for the first time in a presidential election, 1920
Three employees of the Cleveland Trust Company being trained to defend the main vault in the company’s office, 1924.
Ford Tri-motor airplane flying over Los Angeles City Hall, 1929.
City celebration, Manhattan, NYC, June 13, 1927.
Clara Bow, 1927.
Wyatt Earp in 1923.
Edmonde Guydens dances at the Moulin Rouge, 1926.
1927 – President Calvin Coolidge poses for a picture with a group of Native Americans outside the White House, three years after the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act. STUNNING images of the indigenous Native Americans have been brought back to life through vivid colourisation. The remarkable pictures show the group during the 1920s, with some of the leaders meeting with then American president, Calvin Coolidge, at the White House.
Models at the 1920 Radio Worlds Fair in New York.

Working out on a stationary bike in the 1920s.
Art Deco toaster from the 1920s.
Two daredevils play a game of tennis on a flying airplane above Los Angeles, 1925.
Woman on a penny-farthing, Chicago, 1922.
An unconscious Babe Ruth on the ground after running into a wall chasing a fly ball, he would regain consciousness five minutes later and get two more hits in the game. 1924
Flapper getting a tattoo on her thigh in the 1920s.
Alfred Hitchcock, 1923.
Cow shoes used by Moonshiners in the Prohibition days used to evade police, 1924.
Claude Monet in his garden, 1921.
Poets W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot together in 1925.
Rolls Royce interior, 1926.
The Fingerprint department at Scotland Yard police station, 1928
Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson after a day of fishing in 1924.
Anita Page was known as “The Girl with the Most Beautiful Face in Hollywood,” and was one of the most popular leading ladies during the last years of the silent screen era. In 1929, she received over 10,000 fan letters a week, second only to Greta Garbo.
Ruth Malcomson won the title of Miss America in 1924, at the age of 18. Malcomson, a native of Philadelphia, was the amateur winner in the 1923 contest.
Hollywood film cutter Gladys Baker at the beach with her 3 year-old daughter Norma Jeane (who would later to become Marilyn Monroe).
Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Leni Riefenstahl at the Pierre Ball in Berlin, 1928
Little girl on beach, 1920s.
Sailor on his 1925 Harley-Davidson.
Woman has stockings painted on her legs in 1920.
A tea party with bunnies, 1927.
A woman leans on the entrance to one of Bordighera’s gardens in Italy, 1928.
Women sit for a portrait in Salzburg, Austria, 1929.
Men climb the mast of a fishing boat to furl the sail in Port Said, Egypt, 1924.
People relax beside a swimming pool at a country estate near Phoenix, Arizona, 1928.
Men on horseback run through the surf in Tahiti, 1922.
A man stands dwarfed under the Ape-Ape leaves of Puohokamoa Gulch in Maui, Hawaii, 1924.
A child sitting on a Hereford bull near Pleasanton, California, 1926.
Visitors play shuffleboard at a recreation center near Mirror Lake in St. Petersburg, Florida, 1929.
Characters in a pageant depict “Britannia” and her colonies and dependencies, 1928.
Men observe the giant statues of Easter Island in Polynesia, December 1922.
Portrait of a woman dressed in clothing typical of Lagartera in Toledo, Spain, August 1924.
A farmer buring the hoof of a horse before shoeing it in Scotland, May 1921.
A man and his dog on the Overhanging Rock in Yosemite National Park, May 1924.
A group of people gather round and watch a snake charmer at work in India, 1923.

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