State Historic Site

Trail End

Firsts & Finales


MANY OF THE products, ideas and processes we know and use today were first introduced between 1913 and 1933. You might be surprised that some of these discoveries, inventions and developments have been around so long. With others, however, you might be astonished at how new they really are!

  • Electric Refrigerators (1913)
  • Color Motion Pictures (1914)
  • Taxi Cabs (1915)
  • Rose Bowl Game (1916)
  • Woman in U.S. Congress (1917)
  • Jazz Recordings (1917)
  • Daylight Savings Time (1918)
  • Municipal Airport (1919)
  • Baby Ruth Candy Bars (1920)
  • Helicopter Flights (1921)
  • Woman in U.S. Senate (1922)
  • Sugar-Free Gelatin Desserts (1923)
  • Little Orphan Annie Comics (1924)
  • Winnie the Pooh Books (1924)
  • National Spelling Bee (1925)
  • Book-of-the Month Club (1926)
  • Kool-Aid (1927)
  • Mickey Mouse Cartoons (1928)
  • Academy Awards Ceremony (1929)
  • Irish Sweepstakes (1930)
  • Fiberglass (1931)
  • Unemployment Insurance (1932)
  • Singing Telegrams (1933)
  • King Kong Movie (1933)



SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


The 1910s, 1920s and 1930s were also a time of great advancements in science. Among the major discoveries:

  • Einstein's Theory of Relativity (1915)
  • Vitamin C (1918)
  • Split Atoms (1919)
  • Insulin (1921)
  • Color television (1925)
  • Penicillin (1928)
  • Pluto the Planet (1930; reclassified as a "dwarf planet" in 2006) 
  • Antimatter (1932)



SO LONG!


In addition to seeing the first of some things, Americans also saw the last of others during the 1910s, '20s and early '30s. Here is just a short list of some of the people America lost and some of the events that transpired that helped shape these twenty years.

  • Last Passenger Pigeon dies (1914)
  • Panama Canal finished (1914)
  • Legal sale of alcohol ends (1920)
  • “Man O’ War” retires (1920)
  • Tenor Enrico Caruso dies (1921)
  • Magician Harry Houdini dies (1926)
  • Actor Rudolph Valentino dies (1926)
  • Model T production stops (1927)
  • Stock Market crashes (1929)
  • Gangster Al Capone jailed (1931)
  • Actress Mary Pickford retires (1933)
  • End of Prohibition (1933)



Rudolph Valentino (Private Collection)

A Whole-House Exhibit at the Trail End State Historic Site
​April 1999 - December 2001

Days Of Wonder

Sights and Sounds of America's Past, 1913-1933

Detail from movie poster, 1916  (Private Collection)