Decade - 1920s

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Decade - 1920s

What sports were popular in the 1920s?

There are many sports which were popular during the 1920's. The following is a list, in no particular order, of various sports people engaged in at the time:

  • Boxing
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Dodgeball
  • Basketball
  • Horse racing
  • Racing
  • Ping pong
  • Water polo
  • Tennis
  • Archery
  • Running
  • Bicycling
  • Hunting

The three most popular were Baseball, Football and Boxing.

Decade - 1920s

What notable sporting events happened in the 1920s?

Here are opinions and answers from FAQ Farmers: * Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs in 1927, a record which stood until 1961. * The White Sox scandal from 1919; they were accused during the 1920 World Series.

Football - American
American Football History
Decade - 1920s

What was football like in the 1920's?

It was impeccably dangerous due to the helmets inability to work up to proper standards that at which they needed to meet.

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Decade - 1920s

What was the most popular sport in the 1920s?

Most Popular Sports in the 1920s depends upon country and even state of reference:Here are the sports that FAQ Farmers think were most popular in the 1920s:
  • I studied this in school and the answer is 100% correct: baseball - at least, in the uSA.
  • I think the most popular sport in the 1920's was baseball.
  • Soccer
  • I think that it is very hard to suggest what sport was the most popular in the 20's. This was a time when more and more people were starting to see and hear more about sports, either by going to stadiums or on the radio. It was the first time that people in the middle class could actually play sports like golf.
  • Soccer, of course.
  • It was really two sports: baseball and football. According to research, when people went to a stadium to see these sports, the stadiums got full. The second most popular were horse races and the international competitions (horse derby's most likely).
  • Boxing and baseball. Football and basketball began getting popular in the 1950's and 1960's, I believe.
  • It was, without a doubt, boxing and baseball.

Obviously, it will depend entirely on Precisely where you are referring to:

For instance, where I come from in Victoria, Australia, they would barely have heard of baseball, and very little soccer was played here at all in those days:

Here the most popular traditional sports were cricket and Australian Football, yet just over the nearest state border, in NSW, it would have likely been cricket and rugby.

Cue sports, such as billiards and snooker also became more popular around these decades. Boxing was also a big one back in the early half of 20th Century. Martial arts were virtually, unheard of ... basketball barely touched ... soccer only English 'die-hards' - In Australia, mainly cricket and the football codes, some tennis ... and horseracing has also always been big in Australia.

Digital Cameras
Decade - 1920s

What was a use of photography during the 1920s?

The first permanent photograph was made in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce using a sliding wooden box camera made by Charles and Vincent Chevalier in Paris. Niépce built on a discovery by Johann Heinrich Schultz (1724): a silver and chalk mixture darkens under exposure to light. However, while this was the birth of photography, the camera itself can be traced back much further. Before the invention of photography,there was no way to preserve the images produced by these cameras apart from manually tracing them.
The development of the collodion wet plate process by Frederick Scott Archer in 1850 cut exposure times dramatically, but required photographers to prepare and develop their glass plates on the spot, usually in a mobile darkroom. Despite their complexity, the wet-plate ambrotype and tintype processes were in widespread use in the latter half of the 19th century. Wet plate cameras were little different from previous designs, though there were some models, such as the sophisticated Dubroni of 1864, where the sensitizing and developing of the plates could be carried out inside the camera itself rather than in a separate darkroom. Other cameras were fitted with multiple lenses for making cartes de visite. It was during the wet plate era that the use of bellows for focusing became widespread.

The first colour photograph was made by Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell, with the help of English inventor and photographer Thomas Sutton, in 1861[10]

Decade - 1920s

Why was political change for women difficult before 1920?

Social attitudes about women made change difficult.

Republican Party
Decade - 1920s

Were the Republican administrations the most important factor in bringing about an economic boom in the 1920's?

Yes and no.

The Republicans had been the party of the common people until Teddy Roosevelt took office. He changed the party into an Anglophile imperial party, much like the Democrats had long been. So both parties became tools of the ruling class. His cousin, Franklin Roosevelt later changed the Democratic Party into a party of the common people, so the parties switched roles by the 1930s.

So the Republicans had promoted policies up to 1901 and somewhat beyond that improved the economy tremendously, starting with Lincoln's administration. Up until Lincoln, the economy had been declining badly for several decades. Some of the policies that contributed to economic prosperity were: 1. high import tariffs, which made it profitable for domestic businesses to pursue major manufacturing with mass production, which lowered prices; 2. low or no taxes on American citizens; 3. large-scale infrastructure projects, like the intercontinental railroad, which greatly increased the size of the market place and made improved conditions for trade across the country.

Such policies made the U.S. the world's most prosperous nation up until at least the early 1970s. Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy had promoted such policies, but most other administrations since 1901 rolled back such policies in favor of policies promoted by the British ruling class.

The boom of the 1920s was partly a result of the previous prosperity policies and partly due to market manipulation by the Anglophile Wall Street, which promoted speculation, building a large economic bubble, which began to burst in 1929. Similar bubbles have been building since the 1970s, which are now bursting.

Answer: They weren't important at all. Even today people exaggerate the influence that the federal government has over the economy and in the 1920's it had far less power and financial influence than it does now. Besides that, in the 1920's the presidency was comparatively less important in the government than it is now. Congress tended to shape legislation and policy with much less input from the president than is common now.

Religion & Spirituality
Society and Civilization
Decade - 1920s

Was mordecai zymytryk a real person?

No, it is fictional. Houdini never said that.

Hobbies & Collectibles
Decade - 1940s
Decade - 1920s

Where could a person find information on a 1920s-1940s steel oil barrel which seems to have been made by Standard Oil Co for Polarine oil with patents marked on it from 1905 1909 1911 and 1916?

We are building a Conoco museum which started out as Marland Oil, then Standard Oil Company by E.W. Marland. Contact The city of Ponca City, OK and ask somebody about who is in charge of the research or you can contact the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Salary and Pay Rates
Decade - 1920s

How much did professional athletes get paid in the 1920's?

They were paid very little compared to today, even allowing for the greater purchasing power a dollar had then. Babe Ruth was paid an astounding $80,000 per year in the late 1920's, but most players made a tiny fraction of that amount. The average in 1920 was $5000 (which is still considerable compared to the wage-earners who were fans).

Most professional baseball players of that era had an off-season job, like selling cars or insurance, and it wasn't unusual that they made as much or more income from these occupations.

In professional football, the earliest teams were being run on a comparative shoestring budget, with players paid as little as $100 to $300 a game. Players were often traded (sold) to other teams for a similar sum.

Among the best-paid athletes were professional golfers, whose earnings came from tournaments but also from contracts with upscale country clubs. Golf legends Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen each received between $25,000 and $30,000 a year.

Decade - 1920s

What marked the 1920s?

Rising Stock prices

Decade - 1920s

Why did baseball and recreational activities flourish during the 1920's?

One reason why recreational activities, such as baseball, flourished during the twenties is simple economics. Since the upper and middle class were doing well financially, people had disposable incomes. The extra money made it possible for people to spend it on baseball and "fun," whereas before the financial windfall of the twenties people would spend all of their money on necessities like food, housing, etc. It is because people in the twenties were open to new ideas and wanted to do different things

Decade - 1920s

What are some similarities and differences between sports stars and pro sports in the 1920s and today?

The difference is that today's games are much more action packed.

In addition, today's sports involve much more fan support and

money..therefore there is a great deal more of media attention than

in the 1920's. You must remember that in the 1920's there was no television

and radio had just come into use. So, most people, unless they lived

in cities where sports were played on a large scale, didn't have access

to the information that we have now. As well, the players then, as with the

rest of society, were smaller and not as general. Now, with changes

to diet and more focus on conditioning, the players of today are larger

and generally more athletic than in the 1920's.

Decade - 1920s

How did automobiles change the standard of living during the 1920?

Before the invention of the car the city center was the only shopping and entertainment centers. The nice homes were on the edges of the city center and everyone was in walking distance to what they needed. Many store owners lived over their shop, business, or store. It was all centralized. After the car people could move away from the city center, buy houses further away, and shop away from the downtown sections. As people moved urbanization began and people could buy land further and further out of town. They were to become the future subdivisions and malls. Not only could people move but they could see other places and things. This made them view the world in new ways and have new experiences. In the 1950's the federal freeway system was begun which added to the ability for people and products to move at a faster pace. Combined with this was the introduction of the TV to the American household. Windows to the world were opened and now people could view other places and people from their living room. The car could take them to see some of these places as well. Factories were built away from the town and the people living in the new suburbs could get to work on the new freeway without the worry of the bus or train schedules. This created a better standard of living for all as more factories were needed for the new products and more trucks were used for shipping those products to stores. More people were able to get work to work in the factories, haul the goods, and work in the stores or to build the houses and malls. So, it continued until the last few years when many factories closed down so they could be moved overseas and put people out of work. The ripple of what we see today in work and business began and continues. Just think it all began with the car.

History of the United States
Decade - 1920s

Who was the most popular movie star during the 1920S's?

I can think of several who were popular. Errol Flynn, Fatty Arbuckle, The Tramp, Thea Berra. I know there are more, but just can't think of them at this point.

History of Canada
Decade - 1920s

What was Brian Mulroney's Childhood like?

He was apart of an Irish family of six children. He was part of an English-speaking Catholic minority. He learned his french from street friends.

Decade - 1920s

What is information about the Morrison Hotel in the 1920's?

The Morrison Hotel, the "Hotel of Perfect Service," was a premier Chicago hotel by the 1920s. Located in the center of the city at the corner of Clark and Madison, it boasted 3,400 rooms, featured two lobbies, the Cameo Ballroom, and two large restaurants, the Boston Oyster House and the Terrace Garden Wonder Restaurant.

The Tower addition to the hotel, completed in 1927 gave the hotel the distinction as the World's Tallest Hotel and offered a spectacular view of the city and Lake Michigan. In 1965 the hotel was razed to make space for the First National Bank Building (known today as Bank One Plaza).

As a really big hotel, the Morrison made sure it was on a lot of postcards, which turn up pretty regularly on eBay. By the 1960s, they had a revolving restaurant on top of the building, which went -- when the hotel was demolished -- to the new Holiday Inn on Lake Shore Drive. That building is now the W Hotel, I think, and the room is still there, although I don't know if it still revolves.

My family had a sign shop serving the convention industry in the Morrison Hotel in the 1950s. I was just a kid then, but I remember the revolving restaurant on the top of the tower called the Carousel. I ate there many times. My dad married my stepmom in 1962 and we had the reception in the Cotillion Room which I think was on the second floor. There was also a drug store with a lunch counter in the lobby, a coffee shop right off of the lobby, and a barber shop at the front Madison Street entrance to the hotel.

The headquarters of the Democratic Party of Cook County was on the fifth floor and Mayor Daly (Senior) had an office there. There were also some colorful figures such as bookies and members of the Chicago outfit who hung out there.

I have a lot of good memories of the Morrison and wish hotels like that existed today.

Decade - 1920s

What is the name of the short mannish hairstyle worn by women in the 1920's?

Eton Crop

Baseball History
Decade - 1920s

Where can you learn about minor league baseball in the 1920's?

The book "The Texas League: A Century of Baseball."

It seems there isn't much information on this era.

Also see the related link, a website for minor league baseball.

US Presidents
Decade - 1920s

Who was president in the 1920s?

Woodrow Wilson - March 1913 to March 1921

Warren G Harding - March 1921to August 1923

Calvin Coolidge - August 1923 to March 1929

Herbert Hoover - March 1929 to March 1933

Decade - 1920s
Women in History

What were the main political ideas of the 1920s?

The major political idea tested during the 1920s was that of National Prohibition.

Decade - 1920s

Why is the child weeping in peace and future cannon fodder?

it is because above him 1940 class, this cartoon was set in the 1919 so in 1940 there will be another war in which that child be taking part after 21yrs. The cartonist was very accurate with his prediction as in fact WW2 broke out in 1939 so this child would have definately fought and most likely die in the war.

Decade - 1920s

Who played spanky in our gang in the 1920s?

There was no "Spanky" character in the silent Our Gang films in the 1920's. Harry Speer (who performed under his own name) may be the closest to the Spanky character in the early "our gang" films, where the main leads were played by Mickey Daniels, Mary Kornman, "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, "Farina" Hoskins, and Joe Cobb as the fat boy.

War and Military History
Decade - 1920s

How do you find information about the debate over gas warfare from 1920-1945?

Go to your local library and ask a reference historian for a historiography or list of historiographies regarding World War I.

Investing and Financial Markets
History of the United States
Stock Market
Decade - 1920s

What was the stock market like in the 1920's?

In the 1920's, things were really good in the US and around the world. The increase in companies was causing growth in the economy. With technology improving quickly, many people expected the economy to rise. During the 1920's, people received more income. So, they spent more and stock prices began to rise. Billions of dollars were invested in the stock market as people began expecting to make millions on the rising stock prices. Everything was well.

Many investors invested their money and any other money they had. As the prices continued to rise, some analysts began to warn that it can't last forever, but they were ignored. Finally, in October 1929, the buying craze began to stop, and was followed by an even wilder selling craze.

On Thursday, October 24, 1929, the bottom began to fall out. Stock prices began to fall and fall. Investors tried to sell their holdings. By the end of the day, the New York Stock Exchange had lost four billion dollars, and it took exchange clerks until five o'clock AM the next day to get everything organized. By the following Monday, the people finally realized what had happened AND THEY PANICKED! Thousands of people were left with no money. The worst part was that they were ordinary people. By the end of the year, stock values had dropped by billions of dollars.

The banks began to fail. And the Great Depression had begun.


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