A Resource Guide for Live and Tabletop Roleplaying Games set in the 1920s,
including Lovecraftian Horror and Gangster Genre Games.
General History and Timelines
      This is the page for general information about the 1920s. Histories, Timelines, and other general references are found here.

      General History

      Technology and Media History Timeline: 1920s

        When was it invented? Try this timeline. Focus on communications technology, but includes references as obscure as the spiral bound notebook (1924)
      The Roaring Twenties
        An excellent source! 20's Timeline, People and Trends, A Remarkable Decade - maintained by Kevin Rayburn. 
        The Guns Silenced: The World After WWI The United States: Political Leaders The United States: Labor, Socialism, Immigration, Civil Disorder The United States: Economy The United States: Scandals, Crimes and Trials The United States: Legislation, Prohibition, Suffrage, Social Reform, etc. European Politics: Great Britain, France, Germany, etc. Asia: Leaders
      Maps of 20th Century History
        An excellent source! - maps of many political economic and geographic divisions during the century. 
      Newcastle Brown 1927
        Newcastle Brown Ale was first produced in 1927. In the same year - Babe Ruth hit his 60th homer of the season Mae West was jailed for her first play "Sex," Al Jolson starred in the world's first talkie movie, Al Capone was at the height of his powers, Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic, Henry Ford shut down the Model T line 
      The Seattle Daily Times - Centennial Index
        This Seattle paper ran or runs a series of its own vintage articles. The stories and illustrations range through the century, but many fall within the 1920s. Excellent picture of Clara Bow.
      Old News
        A number of old feature news stories, mostly from the era immediately before the 1920s.
      World History Chart
        A very useful site! HyperHistory presents 3000 years of world history with a combination of colorful graphics, lifelines, timelines, and maps. People/ Events/ History/ Maps 
      Roaring 1920's Links
        A selection of links much like this one. Emphasis on Music and Gramaphone recording
      The Roaring Twenties 
        The notes for a history class at  Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas.  An interesting collection of trivia and statistics.
      Roaring Twenties 
        A synopsis of the 20s by year.  Not deep, but very good for a general overview.  Lots of colorful details. 
      Timeline of the 1920s 
        A "project" by a group that includes an analytical essay, a timeline, and some famous events.  Babe Ruth, Black Sox Scandal, Charles Lindbergh, Ku Klux Klan, Leopold and Loeb, Lost Generation, Moonshining, Prohibition, Sacco and Vanzetti, St. Valentine's Day Massacre, The John T. Scopes Trial, The Stock Market Crash
      1920s History Links  Timeline of Media History 
        EDITOR'S CHOICE: An excellent and highly detailed timeline of Communications history, including radio, television, printing, and photography.  Includes the 20s.
      Phone Company Histories 
        Links to the history of a huge number of phone companies.  A very useful reference source.  Details about equipment, long distance service, and photos.  Capitalization and expenses are discussed.
      Special Interest

      Military History Resources and Links

        A set of general military references, which include the First World War
      Reduction in Deaths from Diseases of the 1920s
        The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America provides this handy reference chart to the killer childhood diseases of the era. Diptheria, Whooping Cough, Measles, and Polio. 
      A Comparative Chronology of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day 1920 - 1938

      Need a financial plot. This Chronology should give you some ideas. Includes Gold and Silver prices, etc.

      History of Paper (Continuous Dataprint, U.K.)

        Description of the history of paper and printing technology. The section from 1850 is of the greatest interest to us
      A Curriculum of United States Labor History for Teachers.
        While this is designed as a resource for teachers, it's an excellent resource for GMs too. Labor was a tremedously volatile issue in the 1920s. Check out the entire history, or go Directly to the 1920s link
      Other Eras
The Resource Guide for Live and Tabletop Roleplaying Games set in the 1920s,
including Lovecraftian Horror and Gangster Genre Games is the property of Gordon Olmstead-Dean. Your comments and suggestions for additions, or notes on expired links, are appreciated.
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