The Roaring 20s

The 1920s Changed Our Daily Lives & Not How You Might Think . . .
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In the 1920's life changed drastically for the average American and for people all over the world. Airplanes began to be a mode of transportation and communication. Automobiles, rather than horses, were used to get from place to place. Skirts became shorter and hats became smaller. Some people had telephones, and families could own cameras and record their own memories.
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This is a photo of my father and grandmother, Madeline F Hill Willis and her son Richard Gifford Willis. I believe the photo is from around 1925
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A photo of my mother's older sister, Aunt Rose Finkel, as a flapper, in the 1920's, NYC. I colorized this photo in Photoshop.
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A photo of Mary Brian, actress. From Wikipedia: Mary Brian (February 17, 1906 – December 30, 2002) was an American actress and movie star who made the transition from silent films to sound films. She was born Louise Byrdie Dantzler in Corsicana, Texas, the daughter of Taurrence J. Dantzler (December 1869 – March 18, 1906) and Louise B. (August 12, 1876 – April 3, 1973). Her brother was Taurrence J. Dantzler, Jr. (August 9, 1903 – April 6, 1973). Her father died when she was one month old and the family later moved to Dallas. In the early 1920s, they moved to Long Beach, California. She had intended becoming an illustrator but that was laid aside when at age 16 she was discovered in a local bathing beauty contest. One of the judges was famous motion picture star Esther Ralston (who was to play her mother in the upcoming Peter Pan and who became a lifelong friend). She didn't win the $25 prize in the contest but Ralston said, "you've got to give the little girl something." So, her prize was to be interviewed by director Herbert Brenon for a role in Peter Pan. Brenon was recovering from eye surgery, and she spoke with him in a dimly lit room. "He asked me a few questions, Is that your hair? Out of the blue, he said, I would like to make a test. Even to this day, I will never know why I was that lucky. They had made tests of every ingénue in the business for Wendy. He had decided he would go with an unknown. It would seem more like a fairy tale. It wouldn't seem right if the roles were to be taken by someone they (the audience) knew or was divorced. I got the part. They put me under contract." The studio renamed her Mary Brian. After her showing in the beauty contest, she was given an audition by Paramount Pictures and cast by director Herbert Brenon as Wendy Darling in his silent movie version of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan (1924). There she starred with Betty Bronson and Esther Ralston, and the three of them stayed close for the rest of their lives. Ralston described both Bronson and Brian as 'very charming people'. The studio, who created her stage name for the movie and said she was age 16 instead of 18, because the latter sounded too old for the role, then signed her to a long-term motion picture contract. Brian played Fancy Vanhern, daughter of Percy Marmont, in Brenon's The Street of Forgotten Men (1925), which had newcomer Louise Brooks in an uncredited debut role as a moll. Career rise Brian was dubbed "The Sweetest Girl in Pictures." On loan-out to MGM, she played a college belle, Mary Abbott, opposite William Haines and Jack Pickford in Brown of Harvard (1926). She was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, along with Mary Astor, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor, and Fay Wray. During her years at Paramount, Brian appeared in more than 40 movies as the juvenile lead, the ingenue or co-star. She worked with Brenon again in 1926 when she played Isabel in P. C. Wren's Beau Geste starring Ronald Colman. That same year she made Behind the Front and Harold Teen. In 1928, she played ingenue Alice Deane in Forgotten Faces opposite Clive Brook, her sacrificing father, with Olga Baclanova as her vixen mother and William Powell as Froggy. Like many of Brian's Paramount movies, Forgotten Faces, which was a big box-office hit, is presumed lost. Successful transition to 'Talkies' Mary Brian with Gary Cooper in The Virginian (1929) Mary Brian with James Hall in Manhattan Tower (1932) Her first talkie was Varsity (1928), which was filmed with part-sound and talking sequences, opposite Buddy Rogers. After successfully making the transition to sound, she co-starred with Gary Cooper, Walter Huston and Richard Arlen in one of the earliest Western talkies, The Virginian (1929), her first all-talkie feature. In it, she played a spirited frontier heroine, schoolmarm Molly Stark Wood, who was the love interest of the Virginian (Cooper). Brian co-starred in several hits during the 1930s, including her role as Gwen Cavendish in George Cukor’s comedy The Royal Family of Broadway (1930) with Ina Claire and Fredric March, as herself in Paramount's all-star revue Paramount on Parade (1930), as Peggy Grant in Lewis Milestone’s comedy The Front Page (1931) with Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien. After her contract with Paramount ended in 1932, Brian freelanced. That same year, she appeared on the vaudeville stage at New York's Palace Theatre. Also in the same year,she starred in Manhattan Tower. Other movie roles include Murial Ross, aka Murial Rossi, in Shadows of Sing Sing (1933), in which she received top billing, Gloria Van Dayham in College Rhythm (1934), Yvette Lamartine in Charlie Chan in Paris (1935), Hope Wolfinger, W. C. Fields’s daughter, in Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935), Sally Barnaby in Spendthrift (1936) opposite Henry Fonda, and Doris in Navy Blues (1937), in which she received top billing. In 1936, she went to England and made three movies, including The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss in which she starred opposite Cary Grant, to whom she became engaged at one stage. Her final film of the 1930s was Affairs of Cappy Ricks although she auditioned unsuccessfully for the part that would go to Janet Gaynor in A Star is Born.[2] Later career Mary Brian with Ann Baker in Meet Corliss Archer Brian was absent from the screen from 1937 to 1943, and appeared in only a handful of films thereafter. Her last performance on the silver screen was in Dragnet (1947), a B-movie in which she played Anne Hogan opposite Henry Wilcoxon. Over the course of 22 years, Brian had appeared in more than 79 movies. She played in the stage comedy Mary Had a Little... in the 1951 in Melbourne, Australia, co-starring with John Hubbard. During World War II, she entertained servicemen in the South Pacific and in Europe. She spent Christmas of 1944 with the soldiers fighting the Battle of the Bulge. During the 1950s, Brian had something of a career in television, most notably playing the title character's mother in Meet Corliss Archer (1954). She also dedicated a lot of time to portrait painting in her retirement years. Though she was engaged numerous times and was linked romantically to numerous Hollywood men, including Cary Grant and notorious womaniser Jack Pickford, Brian had only two husbands: magazine illustrator Jon Whitcomb (for six weeks, beginning May 4, 1941) and film editor George Tomasini (from 1947 until his death in 1964). After retiring from the screen for good, she devoted herself to her husband's career; Tomasini worked as film editor for Hitchcock on the classics Rear Window (1954) and Psycho (1960).[3] She died of heart failure at age 96 in Del Mar, California. She is interred in the Eternal Love Section, Lot 4134, Space 2, Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery, Los Angeles, overlooking Burbank. Mary Brian has a star for her contribution to motion pictures on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1559 Vine Street in Hollywood.
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Feb 17, 1906 - Dec 30, 2002
Added May 16, 2015 by: Sharon Hillis
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A photo of my grandpa Julian Leos posing with a bottle, Looks like he is trying to decide whether to take a drink.
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Dad was 24years old in this photo.
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Oct 19, 1896 - Nov 12, 1972
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Henry Lyman Williams and family. Wife Virgie Cupp.
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Nov 22, 1892 - Jun 17, 1981
Selma and her spouse, the father of her daughters
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Dec 5, 1895 - Apr 21, 1987
Added Feb 2 by: Yosef Mujeres
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This is a photo of Sarah Jane (Newsom) Harden added by Jane Sprouse on February 2, 2021.
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This is a photo of Roy W Allen added by Wyatt Juelson on January 21, 2021.
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Sep 30, 1882 - Mar 26, 1968
Added Jan 21 by: Wyatt Juelson
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George Harlan is in the Rocking Chair taken shortly before he passed. I believe his 4 sons stand behind him. James Elmer is on the far right.
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Jul 24, 1856 - Dec 3, 1922
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Antoinette and Piet in January 1927 on the Patria enroute to Indonesia
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Added Dec 27, 2020 by: Diane Higgins
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Carl Raymond Ostrom was my husband's step grandfather. We inherited photo albums and scrap books that belonged to Ray. I am hoping to find relatives to return these to.
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Apr 24, 1916 - Nov 24, 1986
Added Dec 21, 2020 by: Judy O'Dell
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This is a photo of Anna Bailey added by David Crader on December 21, 2020.
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Nov 8, 1903 - December 1979
Added Dec 21, 2020 by: David Crader
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Ita Gutkin and Khasya Gutkin, c 1928
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This is a photo of Nitza Vernille added by Shay Tobias on December 11, 2020.
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Sep 14, 1902 - July 1985
Added Dec 11, 2020 by: Shay Tobias
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The Main Avenue High School orchestra photo that appears in their 1920 yearbook. The 'personnel of the orchestra includes': First Violins: Henry Moskowitz & Kathleen Moore & Saul Klein & Milton Winefield & Jule Maureaux Flutes: Francis Menger & Otto Mackenson First Cornet: George Geyer & Charles Chowning Second Cornet: Arnold Medley Saxaphone: Bernice Milburn & John Todd Piano: Edith Housden & Harriet Morgan Second Violins: Celest Briscoe & Nessye Levinson & Falve Wickline & Arthur Johnson & Aurora Gonzales & Nelson Surtees & Carrie Cadena First Clarinet: Raymond Pigott & Calven Thompson & Conard Romberg Second Clarinets: Frank Wallace & Benjiman Edwards & Edwin Armstrong Trombone: William Barber & Frank Kime Bass: Ruth Haigler Drums: Robert THomas & James Scarborough
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Jan 24, 1905 - Jan 21, 1988
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Pine Ridge Sioux Camp
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Apr 15, 1882 - Jan 22, 1951
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Alexander and Fanny taken before 1929, because that was the year Alexander died.
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Nov 16, 1843 - Mar 15, 1929
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My beautiful mother at around 4 years old.
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Dr. Santiago Icasiano Y Bello
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Dec 30, 1861 - Sep 9, 1940
Eleuteria Magahiz Buhay
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Feb 20, 1908 - Oct 29, 1955
Added Nov 13, 2020 by: Ruben Quinquito
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This is a photo of Estelle Kemler added by Jonathan Boyce on November 4, 2020.
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Mar 8, 1923 - Aug 2, 2006
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This is a photo of Estelle Kemler added by Jonathan Boyce on November 4, 2020.
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Mar 8, 1923 - Aug 2, 2006
Added Nov 4, 2020 by: Jonathan Boyce
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My grandfather Arthur Sydney Charles Cook ,nana Ellen Veronica Cook nee Hart and great grandfather George William Hart...
Added Oct 27, 2020 by: Annetta B
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This is a photo of Mildred Mable (Phelps) Berry added by Danney Palleschi Donovan on October 26, 2020.
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Jun 8, 1909 - Jun 8, 1995
Added Oct 26, 2020 by: Danney Palleschi Donovan
Ranch of William Calder
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Apr 15, 1865 - Oct 11, 1950
Added Oct 24, 2020 by: Richard Flower
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Written on the reverse of this photo (with my notes): These are the five sisters of our direct ancestor Charles P. Lerg (presumably from left to right): Julia Calder (b. 1865, 56 years old), Lona Dunnebache (b. 1851, 70 years old), Mina Heiler (b. 1854, 67 years old), Mary Gehringer (b. 1863, 58 years old), and Lizzie Haas (b. 1857, 63 years old). Photo taken in March or April on 1921 when our Agnes (daughter of Carl Philip Lerg) was visiting in Lansing, Michigan.
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Oct 19, 1852 - Aug 25, 1928
Added Oct 24, 2020 by: Richard Flower
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A collage of pictures from Agnes Butler during their visit at the home of Lona Dunnebache in Michigan, Spring 1921. Upper right (from left to right): Jack Butler, Korney Butler, Charles Philip Lerg, Agnes Butler and Louise Butler. Lower right (from left to right, starting at the top): #5 Charles Phillip Lerg; #7 Mary Gehringer; #9 either Louise or Korney Butler; #11 Jack Butler; #15 Lona Dunnebache; #16 Agnes Butler with either Louise or Korney Butler.
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Oct 19, 1852 - Aug 25, 1928
Added Oct 24, 2020 by: Richard Flower
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This is Ora and her brother Roland. Taken approximately 1924
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December 1922 - 1985
Added Oct 14, 2020 by: Shirl Minix
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1929 graduation photo of Marian I. Los Kamp. It reads: Marian I. Los Kamp, Berkeley, Letters and Science - Treble Clef; Partheneia
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Jan 7, 1908 - Mar 29, 1988
Added Oct 12, 2020 by: Daniel Pinna
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The 1925 Stockton High School Graduation Photo of Marian Imogene Los Kamp. It reads: Entered from Girls' High, S. F., '23; "Red Mill," '24; pageant, '25; Spanish Club play '24; California Night, '24; French Club entertainment committee; French Club, Dramatic Club, Orchesis Club, '24. A bewitching companion is Marian.
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Jan 7, 1908 - Mar 29, 1988
Added Oct 12, 2020 by: Daniel Pinna
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Anne is second from the left in back row. These are her parents and siblings around 1920.
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Nov 15, 1900 - Dec 14, 1979
Added Oct 11, 2020 by: Jamie Schlei
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Left Lyle Ridley, Brother Donald Raymond Ridley, Mother Echosta "Della" Ridley, Father Elbert Ridley
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Added Oct 10, 2020 by: Donna Ridley
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This is a photo of Rosalie (Rowelski) Tannenbaum , Usher Tannenbaum and Deborah (Tannenbaum) Wilson added by Debbie McKenzie on October 7, 2020.
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1868 - 1937
Added Oct 7, 2020 by: Debbie McKenzie
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This is my Grandmother Thelma St Clair Zell - not sure of her birth name because she was adopted from the Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum by Fred and Minnie Young Zell somewhere between 1910 and 1920- she always went by July 9, 1902 as her DOB. She was a beautiful and wonderful grandmother and an amazing cook. She married Harry Wilson Goss nickname (Khale). They lived in Youngstown Ohio I would like to know my grandmothers birth name if possible #ClevelandProtestantOrphanAsylum
This is my great grandmas passport photo. She was Traveling to America to see my great grandpa who was injured in war. She was Mrs Maudie Mary Greene after she was widowed she married into Higgins. Her maiden name is Garrod
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May 29, 1898 - January 1987
Added Oct 1, 2020 by: Kimmi Randazzo
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Posing with his immediate family in 1927 ( 11 years old )
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Sep 30, 1916 - May 6, 1992
Added Oct 1, 2020 by: Tom Hein
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This is a photo of Cledith Fox added by James Stephen Hoch on September 29, 2020.
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1891 - Unknown
This is a photo of Mary Jane (Story) Nelson added by Karen Nielsen on September 24, 2020.
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Added Sep 24, 2020 by: Karen Nielsen
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Grandma, Belinda Vernon (Close) Williams and Dad, Bert Okla Williams.
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Oct 31, 1902 - Jan 30, 2000
Don't know if she was an actress or perhaps a singer.
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