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September 2, 2019

Impressions of the Roaring Twenties: 40 Found Snaps That Show Lifestyle of Young People in the 1920s

The 1920s were a decade of parties, money, and extravagant lifestyles. The decade portrayed the American Dream of women, money, alcohol, music, and partying.

In the twenties, dresses were shorter, alcohol was illegal, and parties were a given. New fashion trends and music, infamous and dignified names, and unforgettable scandals are what remain of the extravagant post WWI decade.

Fashion had also changed a lot after and during the war. Dress making and custom styles were beginning to break out. New textures and patterns created the 1920s style. Especially, many more options were now acceptable for women. A daring new style of skirts and dresses worn above the knee were popular.

These found snaps from Wolfgang Sterneck that show what life of young people looked like in the 1920s.


  1. If they only knew what was right around the corner...

    1. Quite a few did. The Great Crash of 1929 didn't just happen. Economists had been forecasting since the mid 20s, saying that Wall Street couldn't keep going the way it was, that something had to give and sure enough it did. On top of that the American Auto industry had maxed out production and began a process of decline beginning in 1926. Finally, bad weather and tremendous crop surpluses produced between 1924-27 pretty much bottomed out America's farming industry, causing prices to collapse, making farming economically unviable so, yeah, everyone *OUTSIDE* of New York and other major cities saw what was coming while New York remained in a bubble until the crash came.




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