Historical Facts: 1920-1930

Kellogg introduced Rice Krispies in 1928. Posted 2/01/2012

In 1931, seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell, one of the first female pitchers in professional baseball, struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Posted 5/01/2015

By 1920 nearly 50% of all American college students were women, but they could not receive a degree from a man’s college even if they completed all the classes and exams.  It was not until 1923 that women could receive a college degree. Posted 9/15/2015

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt allowed only female journalists at her press conferences to ensure that newspapers would have to hire women. Posted 3/15/2017

The U.S. Women’s bureau estimated that just six months after the stock market crash in October of 1929, two million women, many single, had lost their jobs. Posted 10/01/2017

Flappers were causing shockwaves on the beach by wearing one-piece bathing suits that revealed bare arms and legs instead of the customary layers of clothing. This caused conservative women to begin a crusade for modesty, however, it was men who were sent out to measure hemlines and manhandle the girls. Posted 8/01/2019

It was thought that all the flapper did was have a cocktail and smoke a cigarette.  However, statistics showed that while she drove and danced and all the rest, she also went to school in greater numbers than any women before her. Posted 9/01/2020

Nail polish as we know it came on the market in the 1920s.  The development of automotive paint is accredited with providing the technology to create nail lacquer. Posted 10/01/2013

In the Jazz clubs of the 1920s, married men who danced with flappers were called Tango pirates. Posted 8/15/2015

Josephine Holloway was one of the first African American Girl Scout troop leaders.  It was her perseverance and determination that led to the lobbying for the Girl Scouts to include African American girls in their organization. Posted 2/01/2016

In the U.S., smoothies first became popular in the 1920s and '30s after the advent of the electric countertop blender. Posted 7/15/2017

By 1920 approximately half the U.S. population, as many as 50 million people, were going to the movies at least once a week. 2/01/2018

Because the roads were rolled, not plowed, in Presque Isle, Maine, the only way to get to school on time in the 1930s was in a wooden horse drawn school bus.  The bus had wooden benches and a woodstove. Posted 11/15/2019

Inside an Imperial Airways airplane. Look at the sign above, the Ripping Panel. In case of emergency just rip open the top of the plane!


Imperial Airways was the early British commercial long-range air transport company, operating from 1924 to 1939 and serving parts of Europe but especially the Empire routes to South Africa, India, the Far East, and even Australia. At first, the passengers flew in comfort while the pilot still sat in an open cockpit! Passengers were typically businessmen or colonial administrators, and most flights carried 20 passengers or less. Heavier passengers were seated in the rear of the plane to help provide ballast for take-off. Accidents were frequent: in the first six years, 32 people died in seven incidents. By 1926 Imperial Airways had a whole fleet of planes and “flying boats”. Posted 4/01/2022