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1920s: Decades of the 20th Century (The Hulton Getty picture collection) [Paperback]

Nick Yapp
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  • Paperback: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Ullmann Publishing; First Edition edition (30 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3829005199
  • ISBN-13: 978-3829005197
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 15.3 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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400pages. 16x15x3cm. Broché.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
An interesting collection of black and white photos showing life in the 1920s in a variety of different ways. It's spread into themes, meaning it covers both the upper- and lower-class lifestyles, from high fashion to daily hardship, from ridiculous frocks and hairstyles through to politics and science.

Mostly the emphasis is on amusing and some quirky images, there's not that much that's harrowing in here. The text is relatively minimal- it's in 3 languages, so by the time you're reading in your chosen language there's not much text here at all- but it's broadly informative and a nice reminder of some of the context of some of these photos.

A nice book to dip into for a flavour of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book and a great bargain 13 Oct 2002
By Robert Moore - Published on
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This book is one in a series of titles being brought out by the Hutton Getty Picture Collection. Within the next year or so, every decade of the 20th century should have its own volume. Although widely available as a remaindered title, even full price these books are extraordinary bargains. Each volume contains over 300 photographs that provide a visual record of each decade.
The 1920s is arranged thematically, with brief introductions in English, German, and French to the theme to be covered. For instance, there are sections devoted to "Movers and Shakers," "Work," "Leisure," "Science," and "Sport," to mention only a few. The photographs do a marvelous job of depicting many of the trends and concerns of the time. Most are striking, and some of the photographs are unforgettable.
The first photographs in the book are perhaps the most haunting: Studio shots from 1925 of a wildly gesticulating Adolf Hitler, standing in front of a phonograph, striking one over-the-top pose after another. They are chilling partly because they are the very poses he would strike a decade later in front of the multitudes at Nuremberg and elsewhere. But they are also chilling because one realizes in looking at them that Hitler obviously had practiced these very poses, probably in front of a mirror, and one can easily imagine him alone in his rooms, standing in front of a looking glass, practicing speeches and gestures. I found myself almost of necessity thinking of Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle, standing in front of his own mirror. The photographs bring home Hitler's inherent insanity more powerfully than anything else I have seen.
There are many other striking photos. I was delighted to see a photo of the remarkably handsome Ivor Novello, who is the real life person that Jeremy Northam portrayed in GOSFORD PARK. The section on celebrities showed a number of actors and actresses in pictures I had never seen before (James Cagney, Buster Keaton, a strange photo of Greta Garbo). I especially liked a posed photo of Mary Pickford striking one of her classic poses with Anna Pavlova striking a balletic pose with a clownishly made up face (they atone later with a shot of Pavlova in her normal face). The book manages to summarize all the passions, fads, and trends of the entire decade.
I recommend this to anyone with either a passion for collections of photographs or with an interest in early 20th century history.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars history thru photographs 30 Mar 2000
By CAROLINA MUNK - Published on
Tired of reading history book's? Nick Yapp found a great way in which one can learn (and SEE) what happened in the last century decade by decade. This is more than just an ordinary photograph book for it contains "history-worthy" comments. Appart from the 1920's other decades are available (30s, 40s, 50s, 60, 70s) for this reason the book's size comes in handy for one can fit ALL the collection in a relative small amount of space. I already picture them lying in my coffee table, making them available for all my friends to enjoy. The price is relative cheap. The best part is that you can buy each one separately. I'm buying the 1920's for my grandmother,for she was born in that decade. Although I recommend buying the whole pack and enjoying a history review through the incredible pictures of this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally educational and visually stunning selections... 3 Nov 2006
By Beyond-Is-Within Also - Published on
These photos are the creme de la creme from the famous Getty collection, and with their captions in English, German and French they are compactly educational beyond what one might expect. I've bought many in the series for resale, dipped into this one and was captivated.

From shots of Hitler that he wanted destroyed to pictures of sawing up WWI propellers to saving statues at the Tussaud's wax museum fire to the typical and wacko in work, recreation and entertainment, these are a feast for the eye coupled with great anecdotal text-bites.

Dig that ominous shadow behind the lit-up dancers on the cover, and buy the series!
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