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1920s 20s 20s Collection

Step back in time to the roaring 1920s, an era of innovation, adventure, and artistic expression

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Fifth Physics Congress Solvay, Brussels, 1927 (b/w photo)

Fifth Physics Congress Solvay, Brussels, 1927 (b/w photo)
ACD157380 Fifth Physics Congress Solvay, Brussels, 1927 (b/w photo) by Unknown photographer, (20th century); Academie des Sciences, Paris, France; (add.info.: First row : Irving Langmuir (1881-1957)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Fire, from Falbalas & Fanfreluches, Almanach des Modes Presentes, Passees et Futures

Fire, from Falbalas & Fanfreluches, Almanach des Modes Presentes, Passees et Futures, 1926 (colour litho)
829019 Fire, from Falbalas & Fanfreluches, Almanach des Modes Presentes, Passees et Futures, 1926 (colour litho) by Barbier

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print)

A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print)
8600164 A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print) by French School, (20th century); 31x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Alphabet du bal costume", Hachette, publisher)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Indian Church, 1929 (oil on canvas)

Indian Church, 1929 (oil on canvas)
996036 Indian Church, 1929 (oil on canvas) by Carr, Emily (1871-1945); 108.6x68.9 cm; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; (add.info)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Some notable statesmen of the reign of King George V (colour litho)

Some notable statesmen of the reign of King George V (colour litho)
5996562 Some notable statesmen of the reign of King George V (colour litho) by Guthrie, James (1874-1952); Private Collection; (add.info.: Some notable statesmen of the reign of King George V)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: An Eskimo muskrat hunter paddling through the marsh, Kotzebue, Alaska, c. 1929 (b/w photo)

An Eskimo muskrat hunter paddling through the marsh, Kotzebue, Alaska, c. 1929 (b/w photo)
7315335 An Eskimo muskrat hunter paddling through the marsh, Kotzebue, Alaska, c.1929 (b/w photo) by Curtis, Edward Sheriff (1868-1952) ; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Children with a St. Bernard, 1922 (oil on canvas)

Children with a St. Bernard, 1922 (oil on canvas)
989718 Children with a St. Bernard, 1922 (oil on canvas) by Elsley, Arthur John (1861-1952); 78.7x63.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Children with a St. Bernard. Arthur John Elsley (1861-1952)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Spain: Granada, In the Albaicin (b / w photo)

Spain: Granada, In the Albaicin (b / w photo)
6017728 Spain: Granada, In the Albaicin (b/w photo) by Hielscher, Kurt (1881-1948); Private Collection; (add.info.: Granada, In the Albaicin)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Pleasure du nez - in 'Monseigneur le vin'

Pleasure du nez - in "Monseigneur le vin"
LSE4089956 Pleasure du nez - in " Monseigneur le vin", drawing by Charles Martin (1884-1934), fascicle des Etablissements Nicolas, 1927 by Martin

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Carnival! Day of madness: disguising, confetti and coils for the carnival party

Carnival! Day of madness: disguising, confetti and coils for the carnival party
XEE4186927 Carnival! Day of madness: disguising, confetti and coils for the carnival party. Two characters in Harlequin (with his club)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Picture of Emil Ertl 1889, 1927 (charcoal)

Picture of Emil Ertl 1889, 1927 (charcoal)
8915237 Picture of Emil Ertl 1889, 1927 (charcoal) by Engelhart, Josef (1864-1941); Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Austria; (add.info.: Picture Emil Ertl (1860-1935)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Picture of Richard Strauss, 1924 (drawing)

Picture of Richard Strauss, 1924 (drawing)
8915228 Picture of Richard Strauss, 1924 (drawing) by Schmutzer, Ferdinand (1870-1928); Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Austria; (add.info.: Picture of Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Wladyslaw Reymont, 1925 (book cover)

Wladyslaw Reymont, 1925 (book cover)
7338635 Wladyslaw Reymont, 1925 (book cover); Muzeum Literatury, Warsaw, Poland; (add.info.: Cover of Reymont's novel Chlopi'); Muzeum Literatury/East News

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Illustrated cover of the adventures novel by Emilio Salgari (1863-1911)

Illustrated cover of the adventures novel by Emilio Salgari (1863-1911): "The King of the Mountain" "
FGL5478299 Illustrated cover of the adventures novel by Emilio Salgari (1863-1911): "The King of the Mountain" " "Il Re della Montagna", circa 1920; Fototeca Gilardi

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: The Death of Artists (colour litho)

The Death of Artists (colour litho)
6000769 The Death of Artists (colour litho) by European School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Death of Artists)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Art Deco necklace, c.1925 (emeralds, diamonds & rock crystal)

Art Deco necklace, c.1925 (emeralds, diamonds & rock crystal)
6322973 Art Deco necklace, c.1925 (emeralds, diamonds & rock crystal) by European School, (20th century); length: 44.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: owned by Anita Delgado)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Cocktail sticks, 1920-30 (glass)

Cocktail sticks, 1920-30 (glass)
3084393 Cocktail sticks, 1920-30 (glass) by European School (20th century); The Geffrye Museum of the Home, London, UK; (add.info.: six cocktail sticks)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Max Morise, Simone Breton, Paul Eluard, Joseph Delteil, Gala Desnos, Andre Breton

Max Morise, Simone Breton, Paul Eluard, Joseph Delteil, Gala Desnos, Andre Breton, and Max Ernst (on the bicycle)
XEE4106944 Max Morise, Simone Breton, Paul Eluard, Joseph Delteil, Gala Desnos, Andre Breton, and Max Ernst (on the bicycle), at the Foire de Montmartre, 1923

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Two models in front of Sonia Delaunay's simultaneous car, 1925 (b/w photo)

Two models in front of Sonia Delaunay's simultaneous car, 1925 (b/w photo)
909273 Two models in front of Sonia Delaunay's simultaneous car, 1925 (b/w photo) by Unknown photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Spalato (colour litho)

Spalato (colour litho)
8631943 Spalato (colour litho) by Tyndale, Walter Frederick Roofe (1856-1943); Private Collection; (add.info.: Spalato. Illustration for Dalmatia painted by Walter Tyndale)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Castel Camerlengo, Trau (colour litho)

Castel Camerlengo, Trau (colour litho)
8631936 Castel Camerlengo, Trau (colour litho) by Tyndale, Walter Frederick Roofe (1856-1943); Private Collection; (add.info.: Castel Camerlengo, Trau)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: A Member of the 'Marinarezza' (colour litho)

A Member of the "Marinarezza" (colour litho)
8631923 A Member of the "Marinarezza" (colour litho) by Tyndale, Walter Frederick Roofe (1856-1943); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Rome: Vue de Rome du palais Primoli (colour litho)

Rome: Vue de Rome du palais Primoli (colour litho)
8633010 Rome: Vue de Rome du palais Primoli (colour litho) by Bouchor, Joseph Felix (1853-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Vue de Rome du palais Primoli)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Rome: Le Quirinal, La porte d'entree (colour litho)

Rome: Le Quirinal, La porte d'entree (colour litho)
8633003 Rome: Le Quirinal, La porte d'entree (colour litho) by Bouchor, Joseph Felix (1853-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Quirinal, La porte d'entree)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Rome: Tombeau de Caecilia Metella (colour litho)

Rome: Tombeau de Caecilia Metella (colour litho)
8633002 Rome: Tombeau de Caecilia Metella (colour litho) by Bouchor, Joseph Felix (1853-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tombeau de Caecilia Metella)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Rome: Au Palatin, La bibliotheque d'Auguste (colour litho)

Rome: Au Palatin, La bibliotheque d'Auguste (colour litho)
8633001 Rome: Au Palatin, La bibliotheque d'Auguste (colour litho) by Bouchor, Joseph Felix (1853-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Au Palatin, La bibliotheque d'Auguste)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Rome: Au Pincio (colour litho)

Rome: Au Pincio (colour litho)
8632999 Rome: Au Pincio (colour litho) by Bouchor, Joseph Felix (1853-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Au Pincio. Illustration for Rome by Camille Mauclair and J-F Bouchor (Henri Laurens)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Rome: Le Pantheon d'Agrippa (colour litho)

Rome: Le Pantheon d'Agrippa (colour litho)
8632991 Rome: Le Pantheon d'Agrippa (colour litho) by Bouchor, Joseph Felix (1853-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Pantheon d'Agrippa)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: The 'Sweeper-Vac' (b/w photo)

The "Sweeper-Vac" (b/w photo)
8658819 The "Sweeper-Vac" (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The "Sweeper-Vac." Illustration for The Servantless House by R)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: The 'Kooksjoie' anthracite range (b/w photo)

The "Kooksjoie" anthracite range (b/w photo)
8658818 The "Kooksjoie" anthracite range (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The "Kooksjoie" anthracite range)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Linoleum floor in black and white squares (b/w photo)

Linoleum floor in black and white squares (b/w photo)
8658817 Linoleum floor in black and white squares (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Linoleum floor in black and white squares)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Types of Aeroplane: Junker Aeroplane the 'Bremen' (colour litho)

Types of Aeroplane: Junker Aeroplane the "Bremen" (colour litho)
8657100 Types of Aeroplane: Junker Aeroplane the "Bremen" (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Junker Aeroplane the "Bremen")

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Types of Aeroplane: 'Moth' Aeroplane (colour litho)

Types of Aeroplane: "Moth" Aeroplane (colour litho)
8657095 Types of Aeroplane: "Moth" Aeroplane (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Moth" Aeroplane)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: The Nation's Shrines, 1929: Bootham Bar and York Minster (colour litho)

The Nation's Shrines, 1929: Bootham Bar and York Minster (colour litho)
8668421 The Nation's Shrines, 1929: Bootham Bar and York Minster (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bootham Bar and York Minster)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: The Nation's Shrines, 1929: Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh (colour litho)

The Nation's Shrines, 1929: Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh (colour litho)
8668418 The Nation's Shrines, 1929: Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: The Nation's Shrines, 1929: Glastonbury Abbey, Somersetshire (colour litho)

The Nation's Shrines, 1929: Glastonbury Abbey, Somersetshire (colour litho)
8668414 The Nation's Shrines, 1929: Glastonbury Abbey, Somersetshire (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Glastonbury Abbey, Somersetshire)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Trafalgar Square (b/w photo)

Trafalgar Square (b/w photo)
8624901 Trafalgar Square (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Trafalgar Square)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: The Painted Hall, Stoke Edith, Herefordshire (b/w photo)

The Painted Hall, Stoke Edith, Herefordshire (b/w photo)
8624890 The Painted Hall, Stoke Edith, Herefordshire (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Painted Hall, Stoke Edith, Herefordshire)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: The North Gate, Salisbury (b/w photo)

The North Gate, Salisbury (b/w photo)
8624888 The North Gate, Salisbury (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The North Gate, Salisbury)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: The Cloth Hall and Market Place, Thaxted (b/w photo)

The Cloth Hall and Market Place, Thaxted (b/w photo)
8624887 The Cloth Hall and Market Place, Thaxted (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Cloth Hall and Market Place, Thaxted)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: God the Falther and the dove of Holy Spirit, c.1920 (stained glass)

God the Falther and the dove of Holy Spirit, c.1920 (stained glass)
8714251 God the Falther and the dove of Holy Spirit, c.1920 (stained glass) by Mayer, Franz (1848-1926); (add.info.: Stained Glass built 1920s. Glass by Franz Mayer Germany)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: The Holy Family, c1920 (stained glass)

The Holy Family, c1920 (stained glass)
8714224 The Holy Family, c1920 (stained glass) by Mayer, Franz (1848-1926); (add.info.: Stained Glass built 1920s. Glass by Franz Mayer Germany. Young Jesus, Virgin Mary, Joseph the carpenter)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and come unto me, c1920 (stained glass)

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and come unto me, c1920 (stained glass)
8714198 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and come unto me, c1920 (stained glass) by Mayer, Franz (1848-1926); (add.info.: Stained Glass built 1920s. Glass by Franz Mayer Germany)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Map of the Mongol States c. 1280 AD and Marco Polo's travels. (print)

Map of the Mongol States c. 1280 AD and Marco Polo's travels. (print)
7420050 Map of the Mongol States c. 1280 AD and Marco Polo's travels. (print); (add.info.: Map of the Mongol States c. 1280 AD and Marco Polo's travels)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: The cable-laying ship Telconia, c.1910-30 (oil on paper)

The cable-laying ship Telconia, c.1910-30 (oil on paper)
7340824 The cable-laying ship Telconia, c.1910-30 (oil on paper) by Everett, John (1876-1949); 51x64 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: John Everett Oil painting)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Title page of Le Bagne, by Albert Londres, 1923 (print)

Title page of Le Bagne, by Albert Londres, 1923 (print)
8723987 Title page of Le Bagne, by Albert Londres, 1923 (print); Private Collection; (add.info.: Title page of the book by Albert Londres (1884-1932) "Le Bagne"

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Sudan-Negermadchen (b/w photo)

Sudan-Negermadchen (b/w photo)
8671286 Sudan-Negermadchen (b/w photo) by Bernatzik, Hugo Adolf (1897-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sudan-Negermadchen)

Background image1920s 20s 20s Collection: Africa: Eastern Djur archer (b/w photo)

Africa: Eastern Djur archer (b/w photo)
8664843 Africa: Eastern Djur archer (b/w photo) by Bernatzik, Hugo Adolf (1897-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: Eastern Djur archer)



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Step back in time to the roaring 1920s, an era of innovation, adventure, and artistic expression. The Fifth Physics Congress Solvay held in Brussels in 1927 brought together brilliant minds from around the world, shaping the future of science. Meanwhile, in Kotzebue, Alaska, an Eskimo muskrat hunter skillfully paddled through a marshy landscape, showcasing the resilience and resourcefulness of indigenous communities. But it wasn't all serious business during this vibrant decade. Carnival season brought forth a day of madness with disguises aplenty and confetti filling the air. Laughter echoed through the streets as revelers celebrated life's joyous moments. In England's picturesque countryside stood Cotehele House where The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe posed for a timeless photograph capturing the elegance and grandeur of aristocratic life. Nature too had its own artistry on display; descending egrets gracefully danced against a snowy backdrop while irises bloomed alongside them. Artists like Akseli Gallen Kallela painted scenes that transported viewers to idyllic Finnish landscapes where young cowherds roamed freely amidst rolling hills. Snowfall transformed ordinary streets into enchanting wonderlands as delicate flakes blanketed everything they touched. The beauty extended beyond paintings to woodcuts that depicted nature's wonders: two crows perched on a branch evoked mystery while coal tits fluttered among paulownia branches with colorful grace. Fashion also played its part in defining this era with Lanvin's exquisite silk crepe dress epitomizing Parisian glamour and sophistication. And amid all these cultural shifts emerged technological advancements such as Thompson sub-machine gun model 1921 - symbolizing both progress and conflict simultaneously. The 1920s were truly a transformative period marked by scientific breakthroughs, exploration across diverse landscapes like Alaska or Finland’s wildernesses, celebrations filled with laughter and merriment at carnivals, and the fusion of art, nature, and fashion.