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The 1920s had some great contributions to how we live today. A couple of the big inventions were television and radio transmissions, traffic lights, ban aids, hair dryers, penicillin and lie detectors.


Prior to the 1920s, women used to blow-dry their hair, by inserting a flexible pipe in the exhausthpm_0000_0002_0_img0212.jpg of a vacuum cleaner.in 1920 the first hair dryer was invented though, the machine overheated easily. another invention of that year was the band aid made by a Johnson & Johnson employee when he used a piece of tape with small size gauze in the middle to cover his wifes injured hand. Three years later, Garrett Morgan received a patent for his invention of the electronic traffic light. Before this, people had to operate the lights by flipping switches when they thought necessary. the new light had three positions, stop, go, and one for just pedestrians.


howard-florey.jpgIn 1922, two American scientists, Dr. Herbert McLean Evans and K.S. Bishop discovered fleming.jpgvitamin E. The medical field added another accomplishment to its existence during the 1920's. Diphtheria, caused by bacteria, became better controlled in 1923 by newly introduced immunization. Within a year, Albert Calmette and Camille Guerin of France would create Bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG), a vaccine against TB. In the summer of 1928, Alexander
Fleming, a British scientist, discovered penicillin, later Ernst Chain and Howard Florey, went on to purify penicillin for medical purposes.



in the 20s, women dropped the corsets and went for a new style of short skirts and dropped waistlines then moved back to long and cylindrical 420px-Louisebrooks1.jpgdresses with the skirt falling 7" to 10" below the knee.in 1926 the flapperFlapper_1925_62142358_large.jpg
style came out. Flappers had short hair covered by a cloche hat that told everyone that you had short hair. The cloche hat affected body posture as it was pulled well over the eyes which meant young women held their heads at a specific angle in order to see where they were going. apply makeup in public also became acceptable in this time.
Along with these new styles came new slang words like attaboy, beat it, bee's knees, and crush