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The 1920's

The decade was called the "Roaring '20s." Hollywood movies and television make it look like one big dance party with a few gangsters thrown in for dramatic purposes. It was a decade that helped set the tone for the rest of the century. But the twenties also saw the Scopes trial, a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, new restrictions on immigration, and ongoing rural poverty.

Trousers were out, knickers were in, along with BVD underwear and union suits at $1.50 a pair. Men slicked their hair down with Vitalas. Ladies wore skinny dresses made from taffeta, crepe and organdy, boasting fluffy sashes and frivolous bows. A Bertha-gathered step-in skirt with a jabot effect was all the rage, and of course a costume slip was worn with a very sheer dress. (sometimes called peek-a-boo clothes). She wore bowl-shaped felt hats with headbands and feathers. She could buy a pattern for ten cents and with one piece of material, make a dress in one day. She used Mum deodorant, Scott tissues, Ivory soap and Ipana toothpaste. A Spencer corset was popular in those days and kept the hips from spreading. Most women didn't smoke in those days except in the speak-easys. She and her beau could sip Coca Colas at the soda fountain for a nickel. It was reported that over seven thousand Coca Colas were sold in one day in 1925.Men smoked Camel cigarettes, and Edgewater pipe tobacco packed in small tins. He could buy a gold-plated Bulova watch for $8.00 and send letters to his sweetheart for two cents and not have to worry about zip codes.

Most likely if someone lived in a rural area, his mail was delivered by horse and carriage. There were few if any macadamized roads in the twenties, Canoe rides on a lake were a favorite pastime for young and old. Pictures were taken with a Kodak box camera that sold for $5.00. They could also be bought on the installment plan for $1.00 a week. The average house was a two-room cottage with Congoleum floors, dark green roll-up shades and oil stoves with soap stone burners. The more affluent could afford Hoosier high boy cabinets with glass and wood panels, featuring sugar and flour bins. The Leonard refrigerator was popular because of its triple-coated porcelain ice saver. The Steel King was a washing machine that introduced the first vacuums-suction agitator. It was made of stainless steel and looked much like a box on stilts, and it cost a whopping $10.00! A cream separator could be bought for $3.00 down and $3.00 per month. Some food and staples sold in the Twenties that remain for sale on our shelves today are: Swift Premium ham, Armour ham and bacon, Maxwell House Coffee, using the same slogan as then, Gold Medal flour, Campbell's soups at 12 cents per can and Ivory soap flakes, just to name a few. Listerine was sold then, but was used mainly for dandruff! A Bissell carpet sweeper cost $5.00, a Victrola for $25.00, and a Harley motorcycle for $235.00 which could run for 80 miles on a gallon of gas that was 16 cents a gallon. Motor oil was 20 cents a quart. There were about thirteen different brands of automobiles in the twenties. Some that no longer exist are the Chandler, Essex, Hudson. Huppmobile, Jewitt, Maxwell, Oakland, Paige., Star, Velie, Willis-Knight, Neo, and the expensive Franklin which sold for $2790.00. It was the only car that, like the newest airplane at that time, was cooled by air instead of water. It had no radiator. Finally the Overland touring car sold $495.00 and came in several models, such as the Roadster and Champion, or a more expensive Champion, Sedan and the Spad commercial. An ad in a twenties magazine offered $48.00 per week and a Buick Touring car for being a representative to demonstrate and sell women's raincoats. No experience was necessary.

The theater was very popular in those days and went from silent to sound. Betty Bronson was a famous actress then. Some movies popular then were Peter Pan, A Kiss for Cinderella, and Let's Get Married. Movie extras were paid $4.50 per day with his agent getting 50 cents of that. Like the theater, music played a major role in everything in the twenties. The Theater and the Arts created tunes like Lights Are Low, Last Night On The Back Porch, and Indiana Moon. Popular dances were The Fling, The Clog, The One-Step, and the ever-popular Fox trot. Clarence Hawkes was a famous writer then. Norman Rockwell was becoming well known and The Woman's Home Companion was a must for every family. It sold for 10 cents a copy or $1.00 per year by subscription.

A mother's role was mostly in the home in those days, raising their children and keeping house. Babies wore cloth diapers. Little girls played hopscotch, and with Baby Peggy cutout paper dolls. Boys played with marbles, ring-a-peg, and spin the wire ring. Mothers strolled their babies in the fashionable bowl-shaped, spiral-woven baby carriage with rubber tires.


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Lovecraftian Quotes ""They walk unseen and foul in lonely places where the Words have been spoken and the Rites howled through at their Seasons. The wind gibbers with Their voices, and the earth mutters with Their consciousness. They bend the forest and crush the city, yet may not forest or city behold the hand that smites. Kadath in the cold waste hath known Them, and what man knows Kadath?"

H.P. Lovecraft, "The Dunwich Horror"


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