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      February 16, 1923 – Howard Carter opens the sealed doorway leading to the burial chamber and sarcophagus of Tutankhamen.

      March 31 1923 - 1st dance marathon-NYC-Alma Cummings sets record of 27 hrs

      July 13, 1923 - The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads "Hollywoodland " but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.

      August 3, 1923 - Calvin Coolidge becomes President following the death of Warren G. Harding while in office.

      November 8, 1923 – Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party lead a failed attempt to seize power in Munich, Bavaria, known as the Beer Hall (Munich) Putsch.

      Former beauty contest winner Clara Bow appeared in "Down to the Sea in Ships".

      Pola Negri, the star of many popular German films was signed by Paramount studio and made her first American film "Bella Donna".

     Frankart copyrights its B403 bookends of “dainty nudes”.




January 25, 1924 – The Opening Ceremony for the First Winter Olympics is held in the French Alps in Chamonix, France.

February 12, 1924 – “Rhapsody in Blue” composed by George Gershwin, premieres.

May 10, 1924 - J. Edgar Hoover is appointed by President Coolidge as the sixth director of the Bureau of Investigation (renamed in 1935 the Federal Bureau of Investigation).

October 15, 1924 – The Statue of Liberty is declared a national monument by President Calvin Coolidge under an executive order through the Antiquities Act of 1906.

Frankart copyrights its B407/8 “Hercules” bookends.

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April – October 1925 - The Exposition International des Art Decoratif et   Industriels Modern was a World’s Fair held in Paris. 

Many Art Deco enthusiasts believe the Exposition provides the greatest cohesion of the elements in the Art Deco style, even though it did not carry the name until later in the 1960’s.

Intended to establish France as the pre-eminent leader of design and taste, the French government voted in 1912 to sponsor an international exhibition for decorative arts in 1915 in Paris.  Due to World War I, it was postponed until ultimately scheduled for 1925.

The Exposition celebrated artistic creation in the period, bringing together applied arts and architecture.  Internationally renowned architects, designers and craftsmen participated in the Exposition – including Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, the designer of interiors and furniture, and Rene Lalique, the glass designer whose crystal fountain was a striking feature on the Exposition grounds.





Located in the center of Paris, the Exposition had nearly 150 separate buildings, including pavilions, restaurants, cafes and theaters.

About 4,000 visitors attended its opening day on April 28, and over 16 million attended the Exposition in the seven months it was open.

The United States and Germany did not participate in the exhibition, but the U.S. sent a delegation of over 100 representatives to observe and report back.

July 18, 1925 – “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler is published.

December 1925 – George Bernard Shaw is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Frankart copyrights its CP801 centerpiece (nude holding either a Fulper bowl or candydish on her knee).


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March 8, 1926 – “The Black Pirate” starring Douglas Fairbanks  premieres as the first film in the new two-tone Technicolor process. 

May 18, 1926 – Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, vanished at Venice Beach and was believed to have drowned. She showed up a month later claiming she was kidnapped.  It was considered by many as a publicity stunt. 

August 6, 1926 –“Don Juan”, the first movie with sound starring John Barrymore, premieres in New York.  The movie had sound effects and music but no dialogue. 

August 23, 1926 – Rudolf Valentino dies at age 31.   




October 31, 1926 - Harry Houdini dies. 

November 11, 1926 – U.S Route 66, known as the “Will Rogers Highway” or the “Main Street of America”, was established.  It originally ran from Chicago to Los Angeles and was a major road used to people heading west, especially during the 1930’s and the “Dust Bowl”.  

Frankart copyrights its B409 “Peek-a-boo” bookends and Arthur von Frankenberg is awarded patent Des. 71230 for Lighter No E1001 - the Schnoozle electric Lighter.

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