50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1920s Volume 11

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)

Louise Brooks, 1928
Dolores Del Rio, 1929
Police in New York City pour liquor from a barrel down a sewer during a 1921 raid.
Washington Tidal Basin Beauty Contest winner Eva Fridell and runner-up Anna Niebel in 1922.
Zip lining, 1920s-style.
Chicago traffic in the 1920s
An appreciative audience for a young banjo player, 1920.
Working on a telephone line in the 1920s.
Margaret Gorman, the first Miss America, 1921
Alcohol being dumped, after being discovered by Prohibition agents during a raid on an illegal distiller (Detroit, Dec 10, 1929).
Monks in Assisi, Italy, 1923
1929: The ‘George Bennie Railplane System of Transport’ experimental railway in Scotland
King Albert I of the Belgians (left) and King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, sometime before 1930
King of the Road, 1920.
Navajo men on horseback, Shiprock, New Mexico, about 1920.
A greengrocer’s shop in New Zealand, 1920s.
Tattoo parlor in the 1920s
The brand new Hollywood sign shortly after it was built in 1923.
First air-to-air refueling – June 27, 1923
Visitors on board the British Admiral-class battlescruiser HMS Hood at the Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth, during Navy Week, 21st – 25th August 1928
Zurich, Switzerland, 1920s.
Ranger, Texas. Petroleum boomtown in the 1920s.
Cabaret dancer Edmonde Guydens at the Moulin Rouge, 1926.
A blanket of snow outside of the Charlie Chaplin Studios in Hollywood, 1921.
Vaudeville team of Lloyd Durbin and Lester Hope in 1925. Lester later became known as Bob Hope.
Chorus line dancers getting ready backstage in the 1920s.
These ladies staying cool on a golf course, 1926.
Will A. Harris and his family with their “auto house” 1924.
Taking a ride on a penny-farthing in 1922.
Greta Garbo, Vanity Fair, 1928.
Live model in Kresge’s 5-10-25¢ store on Market Street in downtown Philadelphia, late 1920s.
A Jewett touring car in the San Francisco area ( 1923 )
Albert Einstein lecturing on the Theory of Relativity, 1922
Bridesmaids after the ceremony, at the marriage of Piers Debenham and Angel Paget at St Peter’s church, Eaton Square, London. 1928
Amelia Earhart – London, 1928
Berlin, 1926.
Fred Astaire, 1927.
The Nile River and Giza Pyramids, Egypt, 1927
Racing cars on the roof of the Fiat Factory in Turin, Italy 1923.
10 year-old Frank Sinatra, 1925.
Ruth Chatterton with her pet dogs, circa 1920s.
Taxi drivers in Stockholm, 1920s.
Beachwear, 1925.
Drinking chorus girls, 1929.
Avenue de l’Opéra, Paris, 1925.
Having fun at a slumber party, 1924.
Waterloo Station in London, 30th May 1925.
Frankfurts Inspector – 1927
Rubber beauty masks for a clearer complexion – 1921
A flapper getting a garter tattoo in the 1920s.

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