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★ 1920s

1920s: see 20th Century & Jazz & 1930s

The Great Gatsby 2013 & F Scott Fitzgerald - The Roaring Twenties 1939 - Agatha Christie - Colleen Moore - Joshua Zeitz - Eammon McCabe: Britain in Focus: A Photographic History TV - The 10 Year Lunch 1987 - 



62,228.  Back then, all of us drank too much.  The more in tune with the times we were the more we drank.  (1920s & Alcohol & Drink)  The Great Gatsby 2013 starring Leonardo di Caprio & Tobey McGuire & Carey Mulligan & Joel Edgerton & Isla Fisher & Jason Clarke & Elizabeth Debicki & Jack Thompson & Amitabh Bachchan et al, director Baz Luhrmann, opening scene - bloke to Shrink


62,229.  He was the single more hopeful person I have ever met.  (1920s & Hope)  ibid.


62,230.  Stocks reached record peaks.  And Wall Street boomed in a steady golden roar.  The parties were bigger.  The shows were broader.  The buildings were higher.  The moral were looser, and the ban on alcohol had backfired, making the liquor cheaper.  (1920s & Stocks & Shares & Alcohol)  ibid.


62,231.  We were buoyed by a sort of chemical madness, a willingness of the heart that burst thunderously upon us all.  ibid.


62,232.  Where did the money come from?  ibid.


62,233.  He talked a lot about the past as if he wanted to recover something.  ibid.


62,234.  After Tom and Daisy's visit, Gatsby's lights went out one by one.  There were no more parties.  Daisy visited discreetly.  ibid.


62,235.  But not one of the sparkling hundreds that enjoyed his hospitality attended the funeral.  And from Daisy not even a flower.  (1920s & Funeral)  ibid.


62,236.  After Gatsby's death New York was haunted for me.  That said my once golden shimmering mirage now made me sick.  (1920s & New York)  ibid.


62,237.  So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.  (1920s & Past)  ibid.



46,579.  It was an age of miracles.  It was an age of art.  It was an age of excess.  And it was an age of satire.  We were the most powerful nation.  Who could tell us any longer what was fashionable and what was fun?  It was a whole race going hedonistic.  Deciding on pleasure.  The jazz age now raced along under its own power served by great filling stations full of money.  (United States & 1920s & Jazz & Age)  F Scott Fitzgerald, Echoes of the Jazz Age


46,580.  Somebody had blundered.  And the most expensive orgy in history was over.  Now once more the belt is tight.  And we summoned the proper expression of horror as we looked back on our wasted youth.  Sometimes though there is a ghostly rumble among the drums.  Enigmatic whispers in the trombones.  That swings me back into the early twenties.  When we drank wood alcohol and every day in every way grew better and better.  And there was an abortive shortening of the skirts.  And people you didn’t want to know said, Yes, we have no bananas.  And it all seems rosy and romantic to us who were young men.  Because we will never quite so intently about our surroundings any more.  (Jazz & United States of America & 1920s)  ibid.



29,020.  The uncertainties were over.  There seemed little doubt about what was going to happen.  America was going on the greatest gaudiest spree in history, and there was going to be plenty to tell about it.  (United States & Stocks & 1920s)  F Scott Fitzgerald, Early Success



21,457.  Unemployment coming in the wake of the wartime boom is beginning to grip the country ... The same old struggle: the struggle to survive.  (GBH Films & Unemployment & 1920s)  The Roaring Twenties 1939 starring James Cagney & Humphrey Bogart & Prescilla Lane & Glady George & Jeffrey Lynn & Frank McHugh & George Meeker & Paul Kelly et al, director, commentary


21,458.  It's not me, it's what I stand for - am I right?  (GBH Films & 1920s)  ibid.  him to her


21,459.  He had it coming to him.  (GBH Films & 1920s)  ibid.  Bogart


21,460.  You used to be quite a guy in the old days.  (GBH Films & 1920s)  ibid.  barkeeper


21,461.  He used to be a big shot.  (GBH Films & 1920s)  ibid.  Panama



62,228.  Now I am old-fashioned.  A woman, I consider, should be womanly.  I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night, smokes like a chimney, and uses language which would make a billingsgate fishwoman blush!  (Jazz & Women)  Agatha Christie, Murder on the Links



62,229.  They were smart and sophisticated, with an air of independence about them, and so casual about their looks and clothes and manners as to be almost slapdash.  I don't know if I realized as soon as I began seeing them that they represented the wave of the future, but I do know I was drawn to them.  I shared their restlessness, understood their determination to free themselves of the Victorian shackles of the pre-World War I era and find out for themselves what life was all about.  (1920s & Women)  Colleen Moore



62,230.  The New Woman of the 1920s boldly asserted her right to dance, drink, smoke, and date — to work her own property, to live free of the strictures that governed her mother’s generation ... She flouted Victorian-era conventions and scandalized her parents.  In many ways, she controlled her own destiny.  (1920s & Women)  Joshua Zeitz, Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern



103,689.  Cecil Beaton captured the spirit of the roaring Twenties.  (Photography & 1920)  Eamonn McCabe, Britain in Focus: A Photographic History II  



104,400.  This is the room of the Algonquin Hotel in New York City.  It looks today much as it did in the 1920s.  It is a room for talk and laughter but it is missing its star players, ten or so men and women made their mark as humourous journalists and playwrights in a single decade after World War I … They came to be known as the Algonquin Round Table.  (Hotel & New York & 1920s)  The Ten Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table, 1987


104,401.  It was that unique moment of confidence.  (Hotel & New York & 1920s)  ibid.


104,402.  It was the last time in America when the written word was paramount.  (Hotel & New York & 1920s)  ibid.


104,403.  85 theatres thrived in Times Square alone.  (Hotel & New York & 1920s & Theatre)  ibid.  


104,404.  Dorothy Parker became the most quoted woman in New York.  (Hotel & New York & 1920s)  ibid.


104,405.  People came to stare at them at lunch.  (Hotel & New York & 1920s)  ibid.


104,406.  Groucho Marx never sat at the Round Table.  (Hotel & New York & 1920s)  ibid.