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Mass Entertainment in the 1920s

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Samantha Veltri

on 22 November 2012

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IN THE 1920's MASS ENTERTAINMENT During the 1920's there was a major boom in the entertainment industry due to the post-war economic hike. Radios Became very popular in the 1920's Radios introduced Billboard music charts Most important entertainment innovation was in cinema Journalism was big in the 1920s Movies were used as more than just entertainment After WWI Americans had money to spend, and what better way to use your money then on your own entertainment. They were a convenient way to share news stories nationwide
Radio was used for advertising
Also, this was a source of entertainment for all Popular singers at the time, such as Bing Crosby could be heard nationally over the radio Used to talk about major scandals In 1927 the first films with sound were created At the end of the films, there were newsreels, which allowed audiences to see the news and view political leaders, etc. Broadway reached an all-time high
In 1927 there were 268 plays offered in New York alone
Stars like Helen Morgan and Fred Astaire brought in crowds Roughly 3 million Americans owned radios by 1923

National Broadcasting Corporation and Columbia Broadcast System transmitted systems nationwide nearly everywhere in the US For entertainment rather than to tell significant stories Typical stories glorified celebrities
Tabloids thrived on controversy Midway through the decade, film became the fourth largest industry in the US First appearance of Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie was in the 1928 Overall, there was a lot of change in the 1920s.
production of cars began
jazz music became very popular
and movies and radio programs skyrocketed Sources
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