From Band-Aids to Bird’s-Eye (1920-1930) Literature and Typography


Reading became very popular in the 1920s as more people started learning how to read, especially during the winter seasons when all activity was very limited. Before radio and television were invented, people learned a lot through printed material especially through books, magazines, and newspapers. Many people were very concentrated on having a very educated lifestyle and a home library started becoming very common. Short stories became very common in magazines (especially woman’s magazines) while picture story books such as “The Little Red Hen” and “Little Black Sambo became famous amongst children.

Authors during the 1920s started getting Nobel Prizes all throughout Europe and the world. This was also an era when Scott Fitzgerald named the 1920s the “Jazz Age” because this was when literary creativity expanded and became a period of new and insightful time for writing. Since the 1920s followed right after World War 1, many writers started writing about the horrors of the war while others wrote about sexuality, human pleasure and happiness (this is why the 1920s became one of the richest eras for writing). Two famous authors during this period were Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway and they both clearly expressed the feelings and mood of the 1920s. Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” was published in 1925 and he wanted to express the negative side of the period’s freedom and wealthy people within his story. However, Hemingway experienced the catastrophes of World War 1 himself which resulted in having an influence on many of his short stories that were based around themes of struggle, loss, and courage.



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