Kellogg introduced Rice Krispies in 1928.
General Mills introduced Cheerios in 1941.
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.
On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveiled a daring two-piece swimsuit at a popular swimming pool in Paris. Parisian showgirl Micheline Bernardini modeled the new fashion, which Reard dubbed “bikini,” inspired by a news-making U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week.
In 1931, seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell, one of the first female pitchers in professional baseball, struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
In the Jazz clubs of the 1920s, married men who danced with flappers were called Tango pirates.
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.
The Frisbie Pie Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, sold pies. Local college students used the empty tins (embossed with the words “Frisbie’s Pies”) to play catch. In 1948, Walter Morrison and Warren Franscioni found a way to capitalize on this free toy by creating a plastic version called the Flyin’ Saucer and later renamed it the Pluto Platter Flying Saucer. (This was after the alleged UFO sightings in Roswell, New Mexico.) When the founders of Wham-O bought rights to the toy and renamed it Frisbee, sales truly went out of this world.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt allowed only female journalists at her press conferences to ensure that newspapers would have to hire women.
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.
By 1920 approximately half the U.S. population, as many as 50 million people, were going to the movies at least once a week.
The hairspray industry grew when the aerosol process, which was based on spreading wartime insecticides, was patented in the 1940s.
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.
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.