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Roaring Twenties: Fads

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The Roaring Twenties was a time of many fads, many "firsts." There was also a need to establish endurance records. These are just a few.

Barnstorming

'Fearless Freddie', a Hollywood stunt man, was one of the many who crossed the country "barnstorming." Here he was about to jump from an airplane into an automobile, 1921.
AIRPLANE STUNT MAN, 1921. - 'Fearless Freddie', A Hollywood Stunt Man About To Jump From An Airplane Into An Automobile, 1921.. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 19 Dec 2011.

Flagpole Sitting

Joe Powers (called "Holdem" Powers), a flagpole sitter, standing on top of a flagpole in Chicago, Illinois, 1928.
Joe Powers Performing A Stunt. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 19 Dec 2011.
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Crossword Puzzles

1924 started with the publication of The Crossword Puzzle Book. Here a model, on the beach in Palm Beach, Florida,  'creates' a crossword puzzle design on her beach parasol. c. 1925.
Crossword Parasol. Photographer. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 19 Dec 2011.

Mah-Jongg

A Mahjong class in progress at Selfridge's department store in London, 1925. Mahjong became popular in the United States in 1924 and then made its way across the Atlantic in 1925 to continue the craze there.
Mahjong Craze In London. Photographer. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 19 Dec 2011.

Dance Marathons

Exhaustion . . . After 3,327 hours particpating in a dance marathon in Chicago, 1930.

The 3,327th Hour Of A Dance Marathon Held In Chicago, 1930 . Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 9 Dec 2011.

Miss America Pageant

Wearing a large Statue of Liberty crown and a striped cape, Margaret Gorman from Washington D.C. became the first "Miss America," a beauty pageant held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1921. The Miss America Pageant was initially devised as a means to extend the summer tourist season in the beach-front town.

First Miss America. Photographer. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 19 Dec 2011.

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