1920s

Girlie Film: Walkin' Home, Again - 1920's

A bevy of flappers prances around the beach, having such a good time they can't help but strip to their skivvies. A ragamuffin, who watches them from behind a rock, swipes their clothes as they play carelessly in the waves.

New Orleans - 1920's

Newsreel documentary from the 1920's with photography and animations illustrating old New Orleans, the Crescent City, at work and at play.

Dueling oaks. Influences of colonial France and Spain. Iron grille work. The old townhouses surrounding open courts.

New Orleans, the industrial city, where ports and depot junctions distribute throughout, and out from, the heart of America.

Culture shipped to & from the world.

And, of course, Mardi Gras, Jazz age style.

Bela Lam & Family: Poor Little Benny - 1920's

Virginia native Zanddervon Beliah Lamb, renamed Bela Lam by Okeh Records, performs the song Poor Little Benny with wife Rose Meadows.

With Bela's brother-in-law Paul and son Alva, they became local favorites near the Blue Ridge Mountain region in the 1920's, eventually being called to New York City to record six songs.

Eddie Thomas & Carl Scott: My Ohio Home - 1928

Being a sharecropper, lack of money and technology did not stop folks from making great music. Take this duo who put on a porch concert with a ukulele, washboard & kazoo. A teapot becomes a horn, a wooden tube creates an added acoustic element while the infectious rhythm keeps it swingy.

Flapper Chorus Line with Ted Weems Orchestra - 1920's

Ted Weems was an American bandleader and musician. Weems' work in music was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Going professional in 1923, Weems toured for the MCA Corporation, recording for Victor Records. "Somebody Stole My Gal" became the band's first #1 hit in early 1924.

Whistler & His Jug Band: Foldin' Bed - 1930's

Whistler & His Jug Band came up out of  Louisville, Kentucky, and became the first recorded jug band, according to R Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country.  They recorded at least twenty-one songs  between 1924 and 1931. The names of the musicians remain unknown.

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