Living History Lectures ~ Tames Alan

Historical, educational, hysterical. One costumed woman tells you like it WAS.

Random Historical Facts: 1920's-1940's

Kellogg introduced Rice Krispies in 1928.

Posted 02/01/2012

General Mills introduced Cheerios in 1941.

Posted 04/15/2013

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

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.

Posted 07/15/2014

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 05/01/2015

In the Jazz clubs of the 1920s, married men who danced with flappers were called Tango pirates.

Posted 08/15/2015

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 02/01/2016

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

Posted 03/15/2017

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.

Posted 08/15/2016

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

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

Posted 01/01/2018

The hairspray industry grew when the aerosol process, which was based on spreading wartime insecticides, was patented in the 1940s.

Posted 05/01/2018

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

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 08/01/2019

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 09/01/2020

The actress Maureen O’Hara became an American citizen on January 25, 1946 but retained her Irish citizenship. It was the first time in history that the United States government recognized an Irish citizen as Irish.  This led to a change in process for all Irish immigrants. 

Posted 01/15/2021