F. Scott Fitzgerald
a novelist and chronicler of the jazz age. his wife, Zelda and he were the "couple" of the decade but hit bottom during the depression. his novel THE GREAT GATSBY is considered a masterpiece about a gangster's pursuit of an unattainable rich girl.
a board with alphabet and other signs which messages from the spirit world are supposedly communicated, these boards enjoyed a heyday from the 1920s through the 1960s
The first book of crossword puzzles appeared in 1924, published by Simon and Schuster. "This odd-looking book with a pencil attached to it" was an instant hit and crossword puzzles became the craze of 1924.
new leisure activities: couples danced for days competing for prize money awakrd to the last couple to collapse or drop out (record, 3 weeks)
An American magician of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, famed for his ability to escape from straitjackets, chains, handcuffs, and locked chests. Most influential magician of the 1920's
A very popular dance that began with flappers listening to jazz, eventually finding its way into dance halls and ballrooms in the 20s, with millions twisting, pivoting, and kicking in this dance. Part of its success may have been that this dance could be done with a partner, in a group, or alone.
Miss America Contest
The Miss America competition originated on September 7, 1921, as a two-day beauty contest in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event that year was still called the Atlantic City Pageant, and the winner of the grand prize, the 3-foot Golden Mermaid trophy, was not called "Miss America" until 1922, when she re-entered the pageant. The pageant was initiated in an attempt to keep tourists in Atlantic City after the Labor Day weekend.
a fad of the 1920s where people would perch on top of flagpoles for hours, people who climbed onto tiny platforms atop flagpoles and sat with only stirrups for support
carefree young women with short, "bobbed" hair, heavy makeup, and short skirts. The flapper symbolized the new "liberated" woman of the 1920s. Many people saw the bold, boyish look and shocking behavior of flappers as a sign of changing morals. Though hardly typical of American women, the flapper image reinforced the idea that women now had more freedom.
an American aviator, engineer , and Pulitzer Prize winner. He was famous for flying solo across the Atlantic in 1927, paving the way for future aviational development.
1863-1947. American businessman, founder of Ford Motor Company, father of modern assembly lines, and inventor credited with 161 patents.
A professional stage show composed of singing, dancing, and comedy routines that changed live entertainment from its seedier predecessors like minstrel shows to family entertainment for the urban masses. Vaudeville became popular in the 1880s and 1890s, the years just before the introduction of movies.
Grand Ole Opry
weekly country music concert in Nashville- huge stars come since 1925. longest-running broadcast; 1 hr radio "barn dance"- honors country, bluegrass, folk, gospel
The motion picture mounted a challenge to the stage. At first, films were silent and presented only limited competition. Nevertheless, by the end of the 1920s, films like The Jazz Singer could be presented with synchronized sound, and critics wondered if the cinema would replace live theatre altogether. The musicals of the Roaring Twenties, borrowing from vaudeville, music hall and other light entertainments, tended to ignore plot in favor of emphasizing star actors and actresses, big dance routines, and popular songs. Typical of the 1920s were lighthearted productions
The Jazz Singer
The first movie to be shown with speech, singing, and sound effects, this "talkie," as the industry began to call it, led to an enormous boom in video entertainment with continuing growth spurred on by the exciting new sound in movies.
bridged the gap between black and white thru his singing
most influential popular jazz singer mississippi mud
sweet sue(paul whiteman), A twentieth-century American singer and actor. He appeared several times in films with Fred Astaire and Bob Hope and received an Academy award for his part in Going My Way in 1944. His most successful song recording was "White Christmas.",United States singer and film actor (1904-1977)
an American Major League baseball player from 1914 to 1935. Named the greatest baseball player in history in various surveys and rankings, his home run hitting prowess and charismatic personality made him a larger than life figure in the "Roaring Twenties"
The early silent movies were often accompanied by live piano or organ music and provided enormous entertainment value to audiences everywhere. Although various attempts had been made to introduce sound, it wasn't until 1923 that a commercially distributed film contained a synchronised sound track that was photographically recorded and printed on to the side of the strip of motion picture film. It would still be seven years before talking pictures gained supremacy and finally replaced the silent era.
A mob king in Chicago who controlled a large network of illegal business interests to which he earned enormous profits. His illegal activities convey the failure of Prohibition in the 1920s and the problems with the rise of organized crime in urban areas in America.
An illegal bar where drinks were sold, during the time of prohibition. It was called a Speakeasy because people literally had to speak easy so they were not caught drinking alcohol by the police.