The Twenties wan a decade which contained many well know events and famous people. These people and events made the twenties an important part of our history today. Such as Al Capone the well known mafia leader from Chicago, Charlie Chaplain of the silent movies, the annual Montreal Carnival in Canada, and the 60th anniversary of Canada in 1927. But these events and people are only a quarter of the history help in the 1920’s.
Entertainment in the Twenties consisted of many famous people, it was in the twenties when a man by the name of Walt “Elias” Disney (1901-66) a cartoonist born in Chicago, introduced Disney’s most popular cartoon characters “MICKEY MOUSE”. During the twenties MICKEY entertained Americans in such films as “Steam Boat Willie” (1928).
Other great cartoon films done be Disney include “Skeleton Dance” in (1929).
The silent movies of the twenties is nothing to compare with the voiced movies we have today. The actors had to show allot of facial and body expressions to get the viewers to understand what was happening in the film. The most talented actor’s in the twenties were Charlie Chaplain who was known for his “tramp” look, Kenton with his stone facial expressions and the famous romantic Rudolph Valentine. These three and many more entertained Americans through the twenties. In 1926 the voice era was coming in effect by Warner Brothers. In 1927 Warner Brothers finally completed the first sound picture called “The Jazz Singer”. To Americans evenings were not spent in front of TV. Instead they would listen to the radio. They would listen to mostly music and live plays. Most of the music they listened to was Jazz, and of course those were the days of the popular ballroom dancing with the big bands. Other ways of entertainment were by newspapers and books.
There is a rich history in American film. There is one group of people that were many times overlooked for their great attributes to American film: the Black actors. There were many aspiring black actors. Unfortunately, as in most things in the past, they did not have the same opportunities as other mainstream Hollywood actors. They were only allowed to be coons, tragic mulattos, mammies, and the ...
In the twenties women could say and do what they please so in no time women were wearing make-up and doing anything to make them look exotic. In 1924 women changed there hair styles to short so they can wear cloches . Street shoes switched from high buttoned to low cut pumps and saddle oxfords. Socks went from black and white wool and cotton, to beige silk and rayon. Socks became really noticeable when the skirts gradually became shorter . In 1923 the new style of skirt arrived which went from ankle to middle of calf. Men would have worn double breast suits, or they would wear cardigans and khaki pants to match there socks or visa-versa. The children had a style of there own. The boys wore trousers and shirts which had a khaki appearance. As for the girls they had khaki skirts and a top with a full pleated waist band.
People of the twenties were not all rich but even the poor found a way to have fun and live comfortably. It was the greatest decade ever until the stock market crashed in 1931, as a result of credit and our booming economy. Every one suffered from the stock market crash. We went from the happy days to the great depression over night. The 20’s will surely be remembered as one of America’s greatest decades, but lets not forget for every sunny day there’s a rainy night.