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The 1920s Changed Our Daily Lives - And Not How You Might Think

Updated on Jan 07, 2021. Originally added on Apr 20, 2020 by Kathy Pinna
Women finally had the vote, more people lived in cities than on farms, alcohol was illegal (leading to lots of illegal drinking and sin taxes), the beginning of jazz, hems got short and women showed some skin . . . many thought it was the beginning of immorality. This was the 1920’s - the decade that influenced the decades that followed.

In America, the 1920’s brought social and technological change that was the basis for many shifts throughout the 20th century. Cars replacing horses, mega-cities replacing small towns, jazz replacing standard music (leading to rock and roll). “Anything goes”, including fashion. In Europe, it was known as the “Golden Age” since the economy flourished following World War 1 (although not in Germany!). It was a time of extreme change and yet the average family looked the same - and daily living was memorialized thanks to the changes in photography.
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The quintessential flapper with a spit curl - 1924

Rose Finkel

Showing some leg - scandalous!

Unknown woman

Love Mom's hat and purse in 1924

Martha, Alfred, and Mildred Kegel
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Who needs bathing suits?

Ruth E Wheeler

Don't try to limit me!

Genevieve Mae (Ulmer) Young, 1922

Yep - gotta love those knickers

Lois (Terry) Henard

Mama became stylish

Rudolph Torres
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Baby wore short pants

Stanley Freer Carroll

Sweet Mom and Son in 1923

Irene & Louis M Buzek

Mom and daughter were stylin’

Vena and Fern Jordan, 1924

Pets weren’t only for the farm

Unknown children

Hunting bear was still a pastime for some.

William Benjamin McClellen Poust

Little boys still played “Indian”

James Carey Yates, Sr.
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Cars stood in for studio backdrops for families

Zimmerman children

Men's toys became cars

Harold Francis Bergan & friends
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