1920s

King’s Tut’s tomb opened (1923)

Sealed inner chamber of ancient Egyptian tomb opened and king's sarcophagus found Facts on discovery New York, Feb. 16  - The tomb of Tutankhamen, opened by explorers today in the Valley of the Kings near L... Read more...

Early rotary-dial telephones (1920-1930)

These six images were part of a series of photographs by Theodor Horydczak, all featuring the latest rotary-dial telephones. Based on the technology shown, the pictures were apparently taken sometime between 19... Read more...

Prohibition political cartoons (1927)

Compilation of editorial/political cartoons Prohibition and the 1928 election Prohibition makes strange bedfellows - Morris for the George Matthew Adams Service The busy bee -- and the busier wasps. - Sp... Read more...

Sea sleds for airplanes (1920)

Sea sleds for airplanes Speed of giant floats makes the taking off from small space a matter of ease Giant sea sleds capable of carrying airplanes out in mid-ocean are bing developed by a Boston concern. So... Read more...

How America got its name (1920)

What's in the name "America" Millions sing "America" -- comparatively few know the origin of the name. Its history and its symbolism are described in a communication to the National Geographic Society by Joh... Read more...

English the universal language? (1922)

English the universal language? Is English to become the Universal Language? Many people think so. Volapuk, an artificial language, intended for international use, has had its trial and has failed. It was... Read more...

The Celtic scroll dance (1922)

The daily fun hour Celtic scroll dance This ancient outdoor dancing game dates from Druidical times, when it was played at the May festivals in Ireland and Scotland. The winding scroll or "serpent" was usua... Read more...

Why America went to war (1921)

Here's a letter written by Captain Alexander Sidney Lanier (1869-1942) who was the Military Intelligence Chief of Staff of the US Army. He is now buried at Arlington National Cemetery. As you can see below, and... Read more...

The original REO Speedwagon (1920 & 1921)

Before there was REO Speedwagon, the band, there was the REO Speedwagon, the vehicle. These early pickup trucks were especially popular with farmers... which, for all we know, might also play a part in the musi... Read more...

3 million unemployed in US (1921)

3,000,000 idle in U.S.; situation growing more acute, reports show Nineteen states along show more than 2,000,000 unemployed, with New York's total jobless 450,000 - experts predict more wage cuts coming wit... Read more...

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