Video Clips of the 1920s

03 May 2007

I keep finding things that would be perfect for Vintage Pop, if that site were actually a going concern at the moment. Anthony Lane has an overview of Barbara Stanwyck’s career in the current issue of The New Yorker. I discovered a new CD compilation series featuring music from 1890-1920. And, most of all, I’ve been overwhelmed by the quantity of good material on YouTube.

For example, here’s a handful of videos I found this morning through casual browsing. The first few simply show scenes of 1920s recreational life (primarily dancing) while set to some jazzy tune or other. The last couple focus more on the Charleston (a popular dance step) and on a couple of my favorite songs from that era. (“Caldonia” is actually a big-band song from the mid-1930s, but so what?”)

The Jazz Age 1920s

The Roaring Twenties

To live in the 1920s

The 1920s – The Charleston

1920s Charleston compilation

Fascinating Rhythm sing-along

Louis Jordan – Caldonia

Though I’d love to be sharing clips like these, and writing about them, I guess I’ll have to be patient, to just wait until I have time to focus on more than just a few sites.

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