Scenes contrasting the frivolous with more ordinary aspects of the "roaring 20's" in America
United States USA Date:1928 Duration:1 min 40 sec Sound:Yes
Good times depicted in America during the so-called "Roaring Twenties." Automobile workers on a production line. Double-decker buses and taxi cabs fill street in New York City. President Calvin Coolidge, accompanied by his dog, quietly fishing from a canoe. Girls in swim suits dancing around a Tuba player at a beach. Girls dancing at a cabaret. President Coolidge casting his line, with another person seen in the rear of the canoe. View of couple's feet as they dance the Charleston in a cabaret. Girls,in bathing suits at a beach, run, like a chorus line, at the camera. Next are shown more mundane aspects of the period and some scenes of poor life, poverty, and unemployment shortly before the onset of the Great Depression. A city back street early in the morning. A man washes his face with water from a horse trough. A Milkman steps from his horse-drawn wagon or carriage to deliver two bottles of milk. People buying slabs of ice from an ice house (for their ice boxes at home). Boy and girl stand on slum or tenement fire escape. Laundry drying on clothes lines stretched across tenement alley. Two children lying in a single bed. Other beds in the same crowded tenement apartment. Union-sponsored housing (founded in 1927) with sign affixed reading: "Amalgamated Cooperative Dwellings, 504-520 Grand Street. 83-91 Broome Street." Views of the Cooperative low rent apartment buildings.
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