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Old Posted Jan 23, 2021, 12:09 AM
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Found Images of the 1920s & 1930s, Start of the Modern Era

I've always been fascinated by the 1920s and 1930s, especially in the cities. So much of our "modern era" started then. Our technology and communications, culture, fashion, sports and style, political movements, economic and financial practices, etc. Here is a thread to share found photos and videos from that era available on the internet, especially images of the lives of ordinary people. I'll post many, but I urge all of you to post "found" photos and videos of people and city life if you wish to, even photos taken by family from that era. Also if you want, discuss your thoughts about that period, and maybe the recollections and experiences of your parents and grandparents, or maybe you if you're old enough to have been there. Spend some time in the 1920s and '30s, where so much began.

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Old Posted Jan 23, 2021, 11:28 PM
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Wonderful PBS video on 1920s & 1929 stock market crash

Made in 1990 but because of that they were still able to interview people alive and working on Wall Street during the 1929 crash. All of these people would ge gone now, so this kind of first person account couldn't be remade today. You will love it, especially if you are a stock investor interested in financial history and avoiding market crashes. From the excellent "American Experience" series, "The Crash of 1929". About 50 minutes long but well worth it and still the best documentary of the crash of 1929.

Today the market looks as speculative and frothy as it was in 1929 before the crash, so this might save you some money if stocks crash again. It is very entertaining and you will become an expert on the "Great Crash". Lots of period film footage. Enjoy! If the video doesn't start at the beginning, just tap on the screen and the time bar will appear on the bottom of the screen. Tap or drag the icon to the far left to restart:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=FAZjlxWNszw&t=2695s


Fred MacMurray sings the 1929 hit song "I'm in the Market for You" released in the summer of 1929 right before the crash that started after Labor Day. Song was a big hit since everybody was obsessed with the stock market. Fred starts crooning about half way through. MacMurray started as a singer and musician before his busy acting acting career in films and television. Who doesn't remember Fred in the noirish classic "Double Indemnity" or "My Three Sons"? But before that, he was a saxophonist and singer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvYBk6oH0NA

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Concert pianist Margaret Shotwell loses $1 million in '29 Crash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvkmcxLGAvk

Fox movietone video of stock crash victim Margaret Shotwell, who lost her fortune in the crash. Will you buy her chinchilla coat? Filmed in late October 1929. "Don't play the stock market".

Colorized version with outtakes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51QcegcCp28

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Old Posted Sep 25, 2021, 8:02 AM
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Famous monetary economist Irving Fisher of Yale U. reassures investors the day after Oct. 29, 1929 crash ("Black Tuesday") that economy is fundamentally sound & prosperity will continue (haha). Fox movietone sound short:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=MTCKxye9_so

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Old Posted Sep 25, 2021, 9:14 AM
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The 1920s in Color

About 50 minutes long. Documentary (mostly colorized, with some original color & some original sound). Covers the decade, hitting all the high and low points. Narrarated by Liev Shreiber

https://youtube.com/watch?v=ionn1mvFU-A
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Old Posted Sep 27, 2021, 7:34 AM
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1918-1920 flu pandemic in 7 minutes

Short but informative history of the 1918-1920 "Spanish" flu pandemic:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=clCEKqsNrM8
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Babe Ruth

Great tell all bio and character study of the Babe, warts and all. From HBO via YouTube

https://youtube.com/watch?v=qoG5Xb5oJBs

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Frank Lloyd Wright in L.A.-- the 1920s houses

Outstanding documentary on FLW, focusing on his Los Angeles area houses of the late teens and 1920s, when Wright spent a lot of time in L.A. and even considered moving here (his architect son did). The film also has a lot of biographical material about his often tragic & scandal-plagued life:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=3juSckHif90and

Frank Lloyd Wright on "What's My Line?", mid '50s:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=cMXK_KtUVm4

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"The King of Jazz", technicolor musical from 1929/1930

"The King of Jazz" was an early musical in technicolor, filmed mostly in late 1929 and released in 1930. The self proclaimed "King of Jazz" was band leader/musician Paul Whiteman, who commissioned and conducted the first performance of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" in NYC in 1924, with Gershwin at the piano. This film has a reprise of that performance, shown below.

But first, also in the film, Bing Crosby and the "Rhythm Boys" perform the amusing and catchy popular song "Happy Feet". No wonder the 1920s is sometimes called the "Era of Wonderful Nonsense"! Watching this will transport you back to 1929 care free sillyness as effectively as a time machine, and dig those cute brunette bobbed haired sisters (not twins, a year apart in age) Eleanor and Karla Gutohrlein. If watching " Happy Feet" doesn't make you smile and feel happier, I don't know what would:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=GhSq-scXs2w

Gloriously clear and restored "Rhapsody in Blue" sequence from the King of Jazz, with Gershwin at the piano (and the athletic Gutohrlein sisters again!). Hop on the time transport to 1929 here:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=f6MOzxu-rq4


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