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The Twenties


The Twenties wan a decade which condidted of many well know
events and famous people. In which made the twenties part
of out history today, such events and people that made
history in the twenties were Al Capone the well mnow mafia
leader from Chicago, Charlie Chaplain of the silent movies,
the annual Montreal Carninval in Canada, and the 60th
anniversary of canada in 1927. But these events and people
are only a quarter of the history help in the 1920's.
Entertainment in the Twenties consisted of many famous
people, it was in the twenties when a man by the name of
Walt "Elias" Disney (1901-66) a cartoonest born in Chicago,
in which he later graduated and later started his own
animation company which he introduced Disney's most popular
ans enduring cartoon characters "MICKEY MOUSE" in 1928.
During the twenties MICKEY entertained Canadians in such
films as "Steam Boat Willie" (1928). Other great cartoon
films done be Disney include "Skeleton Dance" in (1929).
The silent movies of the twenties is nothing to compaire
with the voiced movies we have today. The actors had to
show alot of facial and bady expressions to get the veiwers
to understand what was happening in the film. The most
talented actor's in the twenties were Charlie Chaplai who
was known for his "tramp" look, Keaton with his stone
facial expressions (because he showed no emotion) and the
famous romatic Radolph Valintino. These three and many more
entertained Canadians through the twenties.
In 1926 the voice era was coming in effect by Warner
Brothers by the Vitaphone. In 1927 Warner Brothers finally
completed the first sound picture called "The Jazz Singer"
To canadains evenings were not spent infront of t.v.
Instead they would listen to the radio. One for the radio
stations listened to was CKCL. They would listen to mostly
music and live plays. Most of the music they listened to
was Jazz, and of course those were the days of the popular
ballroom dancing with the big bands. Other ways of
entertainment were by newspapers and books, One of the
novels was "Strange Fugitives". Back in the twenties
Canadains authors produced 50 best sellins Fashion
When the first world war ended a new stage was set for a
new fashion. Such signs of fashion change was already
happening. The loosening of fit and gradual downward
movement of te wasteline.
In the twenties women could say and do what they please so
in no time women were wearing make-up be max factor which
was a house hold name and wearing bobbed hair styles which
made them look exotic. In 1924 women changed there hair
styles to short so they can wear cloches . Street choes switched to
highbuttoned to low cut pumps and saddle oxfords. Socks
went from balck and white wool to cotton,to beige silk and
rayon. Socks became really noticable when the skirts
gradually became shorter . 1923 arrived and so did the new
style of skirt which now went from ankle to middle of calf.
Men would have worn double breast suits,lose set of pockets
or they would wear cardigans and khaki pants to match there
socks or visa-versa. The children had a style of there own.
For the boys they wore trousers and shirt which had a khaki
appearance. As for the girls they had khaki skirt and a top
with a full pleated waist band. People
People of the twenties were not all rich and but even the
poor found a way in having fun and living confortably. The
average home would have a wood stove which kept the house
warm and cook their meals. To supply the head in the house
they would have to spend hours cutting down wood due to
electrical power hasn't come to their villages yet, but to
them this is a good life. Usually the new immigrants that
come over from different countries stayed together as a
family and helped each other in paying the rent and for
Such gatherings that happened during the twenties were the
annual Taxi picnic and the famous Montreal carnival which
hosted the annual winter beauty contest. Also the Canadian
winters were fun for kids big and small. The twenties were
a time of poor poverty so the people stuck together as one.
I conclude that the twenties were hard on poor people and
good for rich people, but the twenties were more than two
different sides, it was a decade of great joy and
happenings. They were in a land of freedom of war and
beauty, which the Group of Seven shows in their paintings.
Besides, of all the problems that arose, the Canadian were
proud to be in the twenties. 


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