In the U.S., Calvin Coolidge was serving as president after the death of President Warren G. Harding and was re-elected in November.Â Congress declared Native American Indians U.S. Citizens through the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act, although Native Americans were not allowed to vote in some states until 1948.
In these early days of radio, radio stations were popping up and broadcasting across the country. Calvin Coolidge became the first President to broadcast over the radio from the White House. Further, eighteen radio stations hooked up in September with General John J. Pershing and other military officials in a demonstration of how radio can be used in the event of an emergency to communicate important information across the country in the National Defense Test Day Broadcast.
In March, people in the U.S. were flocking to the theatres to see Douglas Fairbanksâ€™ silent picture, The Thief of Bagdad. Popular songsÂ included, California, Here I Come (Al Jolson), Rhapsody in Blue (George Gershwin and Paul Whiteman), and It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’ (Wendell Hall).
As for economics, $100 was the equivalent of $1,160.82 in todayâ€™s dollars. What could you get for your money? A quart of milk would cost you about $0.14, a loaf of bread or a pound of sugar ran around $0.09, eggs were $0.48 per dozen, coffee about $0.43 a pound, and if you wanted a nice sirloin, it would run about $0.40 per pound.Â
So, how much did those new-fangled radios cost?Â A few years earlier, in 1921, factory-made radios could cost more than $2,000 in today’s dollars, but in 1922 the National Bureau of Standards released a circular that sold for five cents and told how to build a crystal radio set and soon newspapers picked up on the story and the information spread quickly. The circular stated that the cost of materials needed was typically under $10.Â Â
Yes, radios were all the rage, as you can see from this 1924 newspaper clipping from the â€œAppleton Post Crescent,” 12 April 1924. (Those who don’t have access to the Historical Newspaper Collection, can view the clipping by clicking on the image to enlarge it.)