1920's News and Interesting Tidbits



1920's Flappers, Prohibition, and The Roaring Twenties


Income Tax in the 20s
Washington published a table in 1925 giving an idea of the income taxes that would be paid by a married man with no dependents , I found this while doing research for another section of the site and thought it worth while including part of the table as it will be some time before the full table will be included on the the site .

Income Tax ---- Income
$57.50 ------ $6,000
$207.50 ----- $10,000
$2317.50 ------ $30,000
$14,877.50 ----- $80,000

Bearing in mind the average wage back in the 20's things sure have changed in income tax






Car prices from the 1920's

We often see it quoted how Henry Ford Changed the world of motoring , so I thought I would help give perspective by example of how and why he changed the Auto Industry
Below are some pictures and prices for cars for sale in the 20's note the cost of the Ford compared with the others


A few ideas of Car prices from the 1920's look at the difference in prices between the Ford and the Cadillac

I did some checking and the Cadillac Victoria $4540 was 17 times as expensive as the Ford Runabout $265.00

Next I looked at todays cars and Took a Ford Focus new price of $14,000 and multiplied by 17 to find out what type of car I could buy for $238,000 and decided a Ferrari F430 Scuderia sounded like a plan

Packard Single Six 1924 $3640
Packard 1920s Prices



Willys Overland 1925 $985
Willys Overland 1920s Price



Ford Runabout 1924 $265
Ford Runabout 1920 add





Austin 20 Touring Car $695 1920


Buick Touring Car (six) Model D $650.00 1921


Cadillac Victoria $4540 1921


Dort Six Five Passenger Touring Car $1095 1924


Ford Runabout $265.00 ($85.00 extra for starter and dismountable rims) 1924


Willys Overland with 6 Cylinders $985 1925



Taken From our Cars From The Twenties






Mans Innovation From the 20s

The Reason Human Beings are at the top of the food chain is Mans Ability to Innovate

Below are some of Mans Innovations and Inventions from the 1920's

Hair Dryer Germany


Parachute USA by Karl O.K. Osterday


Television Scotland by John Logie Baird

Hearing Aid England

Frozen Food USA by Clarence Birdseye

Aerosol Sprays Norway by Erik Rotheim

Colour Television Scotland by John Logie Baird

Antibiotics England by Alexander Fleming

Iron Lung USA by Philip Drinker



A few interesting Videos from the 20's





Charles Lindbergh





Life In The 1920's







Some Planes From The 1920's








Making an Early Bra 1921







Flapper Fashions





Blackpool England 1924







1925 Newsreal








Airship Italia To The North Pole 1926






Instruction for using a Telephone 1927






Dance band and charleston 1929





Video From Truro In Cornwall with cars from the Twenties



Check out the Twenties Section On The People History For Many More
1920's


Prohibition Begins
Prohibition takes effect in the United States stopping the sale and consumption of alcohol when the 18th Amendment went into effect it ended in 1933

Smallpox Outbreaks
Smallpox is a major health problem including the US, Canada and Europe

At this time vaccination and immunization measures were not as advanced. Therefore, people who contracted this type of sickness were more susceptible to serious attack of illness or death than would be in the present day.


Tractors Become More Common On Farms
Following the introduction by Henry Ford of the Fordson Tractor in 1917, the first mass-produced tractor. Ford gains 77% of the U.S. market and by the mid 20's, tractors with a gasoline-powered internal combustion engine had become common on farms in the US and elsewhere.



Royal Canadian Mounted Police Established
1st February, 1920 : The Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the federal and national police force in Canada is established when Royal North West Mounted Police and the Dominion Police are combined as a single force .


Chicago Flu Epidemic
A group of 600 volunteer nurses were on task to help fight against the flu epidemic. It was reported that about 1,200 cases of this sickness had affected people within a 24 hour period of this date in Chicago.

A majority of the above-mentioned cases were mild, but five people had died from influenza (the flu) and eight had died from pneumonia (an advanced stage of sickness usually originated as a flu).

Popular Boys Names From 20s to Now

Below are popular boys names from the 1920's to now with the decade alongside each name when they were amongst the most popular boys names.

Not one of the boys names has been popular more than 6 decades

Andrew ------ 1980's New Millennium
Anthony ------ 1970's New Millennium
Brian ------ 1980's
Charles ------ 1920's 1930's 1950's
Christopher ------ 1970's 1980's New Millennium
Daniel ------ 1980's New Millennium
David ------ 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's
Donald ------ 1920's 1930's
Edward ------ 1920's
Ethan ------ New Millennium
George ------ 1920's 1930's
Jacob ------ New Millennium
James ------ 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's
Jason ------ 1970's
Jeffrey ------ 1960's
John ------ 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's
Jose ------ 1970's
Joseph ------ 1920's 1930's 1940's 1970's 1980's
Joshua ------ New Millennium
Mark ------ 1950's 1960's
Matthew ------ 1980's New Millennium
Michael ------ 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's New Millennium
Richard ------ 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's
Robert ------ 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's New Millennium
Stephen ------ 1940's
Steven ------ 1980's
Thomas ------ 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's
William ------ 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's New Millennium

The decades above are just a best estimate and just include the most popular in each decade many of those above were popular every decade but we needed to make a cut off to provide a rough guide to boys names over the last 80 years.

Popular Girls Names From 20s to Now
Below are fifty popular girls names from the 1920's to now with the decade alongside each name when they were amongst the most popular girls names.

Not one of the girls names has been popular more than 5 decades

Abigail ------ New Millennium
Amanda ------ 1980's 1990's
Ann ------ 1920's
Ashley ------ 1980's 1990's
Ava ------ New Millennium
Barbara ------ 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's
Betty ------ 1920's 1930's
Brittany ------ 1990's
Carol ------ 1940's
Christine ------ 1970's 1980's
Cynthia ------ 1960's
Danielle ------ 1980's
Deborah ------ 1950's
Debra ------ 1950's
Diane ------ 1940's
Donna ------ 1950's 1960's
Dorothy ------ 1920's 1930's
Elizabeth ------ 1920's 1970's 1990's
Emily ------ 1990's New Millennium
Emma ------ New Millennium
Erica ------ 1970's
Hannah ------ New Millennium
Helen ------ 1920's 1930's
Isabella ------ New Millennium
Jean ------ 1920's
Jennifer ------ 1970's 1980's
Jessica ------ 1970's 1980's 1990's
Joan ------ 1930's
Karen ------ 1950's 1960's
Kathleen ------ 1940's
Kimberly ------ 1960's
Linda ------ 1940's 1950's 1960's
Lisa ------ 1960's 1970's
Madison ------ New Millennium
Margaret ------ 1920's 1930's 1940's
Maria ------ ------ 1970's
Mary ------ 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's
Melissa ------ 1970's 1980's
Michelle ------ 1960's 1970's
Nancy ------ 1930's 1940's 1950's
Nicole ------ 1970's 1980's
Olivia ------ New Millennium
Patricia ------ 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's
Rachel ------ 1990's
Ruth ------ 1920's
Samantha ------ 1990's New Millennium
Sarah ------ 1980's 1990's
Shirley ------ 1930's
Sophia ------ New Millennium
Stephanie ------ 1980's
Susan ------ 1940's 1950's 1960's
Taylor ------ 1990's


The decades above are just a best estimate and just include the most popular in each decade many of those above were popular every decade but we needed to make a cut off to provide a rough guide to girls names over the last 80 years



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