50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1920s Volume 13

The 1920s (pronounced “nineteen-twenties” often shortened to the “20s” or the “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” 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)

Submarine aircraft carrier, 1927.
Actress Barbara Stanwyck (“Big Valley”) was a ‘Ziegfeld Girl’ in her early career. (1924)
Quaint mobile home, 1926.
Lillian and Dorothy Gish, 1924.
Keeping cool on the golf course, 1920s.
Tallulah Bankhead, 1923.
Lee Miller, 1929.
Stylish students at Cambridge in 1926.
The first African-Native-American female aviator, Bessie Coleman with her plane in 1922.
8 year-old chess prodigy Samuel Reshevsky defeating several masters at the same time in France, 1920.
The 1924 Winter Olympics at Chamonix in the French Alps.
Alfred G. Buckham’s aerial view of Edinburgh – 1920.
Buster Keaton hanging from the branch of a tree with his two sons clinging onto his legs, 1928.

Café Le Dôme à Paris, 1925.
Huntsmen and their hounds in Oxford Street, London, 1920s.
A cat wearing headphones to listen to a radio. January 1926.

The eight Kennedy Children, Hyannis Port, 1928. (L-R) Jean, Bobby, Patricia, Eunice, Kathleen, Rosemary, Jack, and Joe Jr.
The Louisville Slugger factory, shown here in 1929, has been making baseball bats out of ash wood since 1884.
Remote islands off Canada’s Newfoundland province became America’s alcohol warehouse during the Prohibition. In this photo, Canadian Club whiskey is loaded onto a rumrunner in St. Pierre, 1922.
Rin Tin Tin with his owner Lee Duncan in 1926. The famous canine movie star was rescued as a puppy from the bombed out remains of a German Army kennel in 1917.
The Michelin Man mascot stands next to an advertising vehicle used in Santa Clara in 1926.
Musical prodigy and jazz sensation, Hazel Scott, at the age of three or four. 1920s
Bugatti Type 41 “Royale”, produced from 1926 – 1933, was the world’s greatest luxury automobile of the time.
Portrait of Lee Miller, 1929. (Photo by Man Ray)
7th and Smithfield, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1929.
Dog show, Los Angeles, 1929.
Daytona Beach in the 1920s.
Shopping in the 1920s.
Paris, 1920s
Bigg Market, Newscastle Upon Tyne, England. 1920
Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel, 1926.
Aviator Amelia Earhart after becoming the first woman to fly an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean, 1928.
Young girl with flowers, circa 1920
Montana – Three men stand in front of a plane on the Crow Reservation, 1927
Montana – A chief on the Crow Indian Reservation, 1927.
A cowgirl shows her sister how to handle the ropes, Fort Worth, Texas, 1929.
New York City – A view of Washington Square at Fifth Avenue, 1929.
Four tour guides of the Gettysburg battlefield wait for tourists. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1929.
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Eileen Percy on an Indian Motorcycle in an Ad for Fox Shoes, 1920s
Women lifeguard team at Venice beach, Los Angeles in the 1920s
Los Angeles municipal lifeguard, 1926
London Bridge, 1925
Charlie Chaplin interviewing a young vaudeville actor to co-star with him in The Kid, Los Angeles, 1920
Women at the beach in St. Petersburg, Florida, June 1929
The San Francisco Bay Area in 1920. Dodge auto on boardwalk.
Northern California, 1920. Touring car at Yosemite National Park.
Baseball legends Lou Gehrig, Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth in 1928.
Louise Glaum And Pat O’malley Sit And Stand On A Steamshovel. 1923
San Francisco circa 1923. Buick touring car at Victor’s Dog.

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