Radios of the 1920’s

Radios became popular and available in households, due to the uses of it. Being able to broadcast information from a number of miles away.
The radio became an invention that gave entertainment and information from the comfort of your own home, due to this you could listen to popular comedic shows or just music.
The use of transmitting information through invisible wavelengths would to lead to a number of inventions that we use today. Such as satellites, Cell phones and the internet. The concept of the radio which seems rather limited by todays standard opened up a new field in telecommunications that would prove to serve our society for years to come.

Canada’s Growing Independence

During 1926 all the countries of the British Empire met at a Imperial Conference. King insisted that the leaders talk about the states of their country and pushed for autonomy of Canada.
Canada became an independent nation through the statue of Westminster. But there was still two details that Canada had to follow. Canada would still have to ask if they were able to change the BNA act since it was kept in the British Parliament. And a privy council was the top courtroom for Canada until they could set up their own legal system.
Both legal arrangements would be ended when Canadians agreed on the powers to be held by the Provincial and Federal Governments.

Entertainment of the 1920’s

Jazz became a popular choice in music. Originating from the states in possibly New Orleans, musicians such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong made it popular. 
Mary Pickford playing Little Anne Rooney in this picture, was considered America’s Sweetheart. During this time “Talkies” or talking films arrived in Canada. This revolutionized the movie industry and brought entertainment to many people.


The Charleston became the dance of the 1920’s originating from African American culture.

Politics of the 1920’s

William Lyon Mackenzie King was the longest serving prime minister in Canada. He served over 30’s years and was the grandson of William Lyon Mackenzie, the leader of the rebellion in upper Canada.
Due to the issue of the conscription crisis of 1917 French Canadians remained angry at their English speaking counterparts. This rift would still be felt a century later in the form of Quebec Separatists.
Prime minster King was believed to have a belief in spiritualism and would sometimes attempt through mediums and séances to communicate with the dead.

Effects of the Boom Years

The effects of this industrial boom in the 1920’s caused Canadians to begin believing in financial success stories, such as betting on horse races.
People were generally more optimistic and people were willing to take more risks in order to strike it rich.


Confidence was gained for Canadians in their country, this picture shows British immigrants from the 1920’s. 

Foreign investment in Canada 1920’s

Americans began investing in the natural resources of Canada such as pulp, paper, mining and hydro-electric power.
British investors began to invest into railroads and Canadian bonds. This was due to concern and uncertainty leading Americans to become the #1 foreign investors.
This led Canadians to see the rise of American investment as manifest destiny. Some of the people became afraid that Americans would take over Canada’s economy

Fads and fashions

During this time fashion and fads became popular among people. This picture, the latter; is a mahjong set similar to the ones that would have been used during this time. The mahjong fad lasted until 1927 
Dancing and fashion had began to change and became popular. This time being the post war era, it was thought of a time of fun and the introduction into new youth culture.


Crosswords also became popular and is still used today. They were kept in railways to entertain their passengers during this time dictionary sales soared.