1920s: Women and their Cars

During the 1920s, many Americans had extra money to spend, and so they spent it on consumer goods such as ready-to-wear clothes and home appliances like electric refrigerators and radios.

But the most important consumer product of the 1920s was the automobile. Low prices and generous credit made cars affordable luxuries at the beginning of the decade. The Ford Model T, for example, can be had at $260 in 1924. Towards the end of 1920s, cars were practically necessities.

In 1929 there was one car on the road for every five Americans.

Here’s a collection of 20 vintage photos from the 1920s that show women posing next to their cars.

San Francisco, 1924. Woman greasing Oldsmobile sedan.

Jan. 22, 1922. Washington, D.C. Woman in three-wheeled vehicle.

Circa 1920

San Francisco circa 1925. A lady and her roadster.

Group of women with automobile at White House 1922.

Cadillac (Flappers, 1927) at de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.

Circa 1920. Stage and film actress Grace Valentine and her Packard Twin Six roadster.

Graham-Paige sedan, San Francisco, 1929.

January 29, 1924

June 13, 1922. Washington, D.C. Viola LaLonde and Elizabeth Van Tuyl

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