S: Inventions of the 1920s
BC: A creation made by Kirthika Easwaran
FC: By Kirthika Easwaran | Inventions of the 1920s
1: Introduction After World War 1, society began to change. Woman's appearances had changed. They would wear heavy makeup, and wear slightly more revealing clothes. But, that wasn't the only thing that changed. New inventions were created, such as the radio, the automobile, and aviation.
2: RADIO | In the 1920s, radios were a great source of entertainment. They broadcasted news, the weather, bible readings, soap operas, crime and western dramas, comedy, major sports, and advertising for business and music. Radios were a simple invention; affordable for rich and poor. It consisted of coils of wire stuck in soap boxes, taped connections, switches, and antennas. Earphones were needed because the sound was not that loud. People in families took turns sharing the ear piece. | The classic radio in the 1920s
3: There are many sources of entertainment and radios still tend to be one of them today. They are not the number one source of entertainment, but they're used in our everyday lives. While people are in their cars driving, they turn on the radio to listen to stations that are playing music, broadcasting news, or the weather. Although radios have a long lasting impact on Canada, they have significantly changed. They do not broadcast soap operas, western dramas or bible readings anymore. Radios itself have also changed. The radio boxes are used rarely, because radios are now installed in cars and there are radio apps on phones. Lastly, radios are not as important to us as they were to people in the 1920s. Back in the day people did not have that much electronic entertainment, so the radio was a big deal to them! Today, we have a lot of electronic entertainment such as computers, TVs and phones, so radios are not the first thing we go to for entertainment. | By the end of 1923 300,000 radios were sold | A modern radio
4: AUTOMOBILE | The Model T was nicknamed Tin Lizzy | The Model T
5: Henry Ford created the very first car, the Model T. He designed it so it was affordable for the rich and poor. The Model T had a price of $365. Many people benefited with this new invention, such as the tourist industry. The community admired this new invention, because it could travel far distances and it was more private than riding public transit. The standard equipment for this vehicle contained a crank to start the engine, and a tow row to pull the car out of mud and snow. A few problems this car caused were pollution, traffic jams, accidents, and quick escapes for criminals. | The Model T still exists today, but it is not the most popular car anymore. In fact the Model T has improved in size, shape, colour, and most drastically, price. Because of all the upgrades that have been made, cars now cost around $16,000 to $22,000; even more depending on the brand. People still use cars the same way they were used in the 1920s. Families take long road trips to tourist attractions, and they still prefer it more than public transit because it’s more convenient. Pollution was an issue that was caused from cars, but hybrid vehicles have been invented to decrease it. Although cars today are very different from cars before, the Model T still had a long lasting impact.
6: AVIATION | When World War 1 ended, many Canadians were eager to continue flying. Many of them bought planes so they could fly over country fairs and perform stunts. Other flyers got jobs as bush pilots. Oil and mining companies hired many pilots to get people and supplies to specific areas. Pilots were also in charge of spotting forest fires, capturing aerial photography pictures, and completing geological surveys. The government and public began to realize that aviation had advanced their way of life, as well as possibilities for passenger air travel. | In 1924, the Royal Canadian Air Force was formed. | A plane from the 1920s
7: Aviation had a long lasting impact on Canada. Performing stunts in airplanes was a hobby in the 1920s; that hobby turned into live shows. Every year at the Canadian National Exhibition, the Toronto Air show is held. Just like people in the 1920s, the public watches pilots fly their airplanes performing a variety of stunts. Jobs that pilots acquired are the same now. Because of national and international trade, pilots transport items and supplies to the desired location. The one thing that has advanced since 1920 is passenger air travel. Many individuals take this advantage to fly to countries around the world for visiting relatives, going on vacation, or for business trips. Airports have been built around the globe for planes to depart and arrive safely. | A modern plane used for passenger air travel