Fads and Crazes of the Roaring Twenties

by Adele Fu
World’s first crossword puzzle

Many fads and crazes arose in the 1920s. These fads and crazes were believed to lighten up the mood of the after effects of World War I. Some fads and crazes included marathons, flagpole sitting, yo-yo’s, pogo sticks, mah-jongg, roller skating, crossword puzzles, card collecting, goldfish eating, fashions based on King Tut, talkies, and radios.
dance marathon

Marathons became popular in the 1920s. Many people participated in these. These were tests of patience, endurance, and stamina. There were dancing marathons, kissing marathons, eating marathons, talking marathons, laughing marathons, drinking marathons, rocking chair marathons, and flagpole sitting marathons. The most popular were dancing and flagpole sitting. Couples danced for hours, and even days, competing for thousands of dollars. Their feet would become sore, blistered, and swollen, but they kept at it. One man even dropped dead on the dance floor after 87 hours of consecutive dancing. To try to keep awake, people used smelled salts, ice packs, and some even soaked their feet in vinegar and brine for 3 weeks so they couldn’t feel anything. Flagpole sitting started when a professional stuntman named Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly spent 49 days on the top of a flagpole in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1924. More than 20,000 people watched. He became a national celebrity. Many tried to break his record, building platforms near the top of the flagpole to set records for staying on the longest.
flagpole sitting

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The Empire State Building

By Victoria Xu

In the 1920’s, many people competed to build the highest sky scraper. The building was finished in 1 year and 45

days because of the rush. This was the last building finished before the Great Depression hit. Their budget was about 50

million dollars, but since the great depression was about to hit, they only spent $40,948,900. The empire state building

uses 60,000 tons of steels, 10 million bricks, and 730 tons of aluminum. It eventually became a symbol of 1990s man's

attempt to achieve the impossible. The builders saved time, money, and man-power by having trucks dump the bricks down

a chute which led to a hopper in the basement. Architects made seven banks of elevators, and each serves a portion of the

floors. The elevators also got faster. It was designed to serve as a lightning rod, and it works. The empire state building

usually gets hit by lightning 100 times per year.

When they built the Empire State Building, they had to first take down the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. When they

finished building it, it was taller than the Chrysler Building, at the time, the tallest building. Then, the World Trade Center

was built. Today, there are many more buildings taller than the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building also

serves for many purposes. There are offices, communication observation, and retail offices in the Empire State Building.

The Empire State Building will always be one of the World Wonders.
Working on the Empire State Building

People resting on one of the stel bars of the Empire State Building

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by:Rachel Dworkin

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24th, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She was a volunteer nurse during WWI. In 1920, she moved to California to live with her mother. In 1926 she became a social worker. After a few years at that, she married George Palmer Putnam in 1931. Although Earhart had been flying since 1920, as the years went by, she became more and more in love with flying. She wanted to try to fly around the world. She and her navigator, Frederick J. Noonan, attempt to fly around the world. Once they were about three-fourths the way around the world, they landed in New Guinea. They stayed there for a few days so they could sleep and fill up on gas. When they left, a few hours later, Earhart tries to connect with the tower but there was no response.
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On February 4th, 1920, Charles Augustus Lindberg was born in Detroit. In May of 1927 Charles Lindberg flew across the Atlantic Ocean. It took him from May 20-21. It took him about thirty-three hours. Lindberg called his plane “Spirit of St. Louis”. Once he landed, he got many awards. These include the Medal of Honor. After all of this, in the same year, he wrote an autobiography called We. To top off everything, Charles Lindberg invented the “artificial heart” in 1931-1935.
The first airplanes were simple one or two person models. They usually weren’t more than seats, wings and an engine. Passenger planes weren’t invented until later. Flying made the world even smaller. It brought nations together. Bottom line, flying was an excellent invention. airplane_2.jpg
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