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"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" -H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

New Consumer Products of the 1920's

Consumer Products of the 1920's were a big step in the direction of making new things and developing great new things. In the 1920's many things were made very popular such as the Phonograph.The phonograph was first invented in 1877. In 1920 there 7 million phonographs in the United States. The most well known phonograph was called the "Victor Victrola". To the people the phonographs were an important thing to have in the house, but still they were very exspensive. Alot of people reffered to them as: talking machines, music machines, and phonographs.

Another important product that many people felt they had to have was the "Radio". Even though if you wanted a radio you had to put it together yourself, but many people thought it was a neccesary thing to have.These sets used a wire wrapped around a Quaker Oats box, and were tuned by touching a "cat's whisker" to a mineral crystal. Headphones were used for listening. In 1922, Westinghouse, a large radio producing company, put the first pre-assembled radios on the market. Ever since then the radio has become an important communication item as well for entertainment.

Other Products that many people started to use are as follows:

Meals & Snacks: Beverages:
Planter's Peanuts Hires Root Beer
Wheaties (1924) Kool-Aid drink mix
Kraft cheese 7-UP (1929)
Gold Medal Flour Orange Crush
Kellogg's Corn Flakes Coca-Cola
Oscar Mayer wieners (1929) Dr. Pepper
Birds-Eye frozen vegetables (1928) Pepsi-Cola
Del Monte canned foods Welch's grape juice
Kellogg's Rice Krispies (1928) Fruit Smack drink mix
Peter Pan peanut butter (1928)
Libby's canned tomato soup
Green Giant canned peas (1925)
Jell-O ice cream powder
Cracker Jack
Cream Of Wheat
Other Products:
Fountain Pens
Hallmark Greeting Cards
Cigarette Lighters
Dixie Cups
Sani-Paper Towels

One of the big steps forward in technology was the telephone. The new telephone had a handle which the mouthpiece and speaker were placed together in a hand-held receiver.All out-of-town calls required operator assistance. You gave her/ him the city and state, the exchange or central office name, and the subscriber number. You waited on the line while the connection was made, unless it was going to take a long time. If it took forever the operator would call you back and forward your call. That is how the telephone was popular and how it was used during that time.