A background of the mid 1920s by Jay Craswell AAV5TH
When the AARS was formed in 1925 W.W.I. was a recent memory. W.W.I.I. was far off in the future! The Great Depression loomed in 1929 but no one had a clue it would happen. College men, not the women wore fur coats and all shouted 23 skidoo! Big-busted women were pitied and un-busty Flappers were in. The "it girl" was a rage of the silent screen but no one said out loud what "it" was. Radio was in its infancy with spark gaps having only been recently replaced by modern CW and Voice transmitters. In late 1919, with the end of the wartime ban on all radio and the lifting of restrictions on transmitting, numerous commercial, experimental, government and amateur (or HAM) stations renewed dabbling with broadcasting, using the new vacuum tube transmitter designs.
In Amateur Radio: the pre war 5 word per minute Morse code exam was replaced with a 10-WPM test. This would stand for 17 years. Then it would be replaced with a 13-WPM test. Getting a transmitter to stay on "some" frequency was still more magic than art. In 1925 Hiram Percy Maxim was the ARRL president. University of Minnesota Professor C.M. Jansky Jr. (Future Developer of the Radio Telescope) was her Dakota Director. Yes, radio was certainly nothing like we have today. Even the idea of advertising on radio was considered controversial! In its May, 1924 issue Radio Broadcast announced a $500 contest soliciting the best essay on the topic of "who is to pay for Broadcasting and how? Oh for the Good ol Days! In 1925 only 87 broadcast stations were in operation (some even on frequency) but as yet very few people had even heard a radio broadcast. Regulations creating the broadcast band (more or less) as we know it were only published in 1923!
In Law: the Scopes Monkey trial had recently finished setting the scene for Evolution vrs Creation that still is debated today. In sports: the Washington (as in DC) Senators lost a World Series they seemingly had locked up a few days earlier. The Pittsburgh Pirates' comeback marked the first time a team had rallied from a 3-1 deficit in games to win a best-of-seven Series. In football Field Goals were drop kicked and Norm Barry's Chicago Cardinals were the number 1 team with an 11-2-1 season (The Superbowl was not invented yet!) In other football news the Galloping Ghost "Red" Grange joined the "other" Chicago football team (the Bears) on Thanksgiving Day 1925. His fame as the "Whirling dervish" runner at Illinois produced the first huge pro football crowds In music: Jazz master Louis Armstrong was blasting away while Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra released "Charlestonette" which contributed to the dance craze sweeping the nation. Ray Miller and his Orchestra released "Just a little Drink" which was a tongue in cheek protest since in 1925, drinking alcoholic beverages was against the law in the United States. Of course, that did not stop Americans from drinking in record numbers. Indeed, drinking and "speakeasies" were quite the rage.
On the road: the Model T rules the road. Or the ruts as the paved roads are still the exception rather than the rule. In the art world: Picasso has finished painting "The Three Dancers" one of his key works. In films: The quintessential Chaplin/Little Tramp film The Gold Rush was released. A very young Alfred Hitchcock was shooting his first film "The Pleasure Garden" all of them silent films of course. In literature: American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald's wrote the Great Gatsby, which is often referred to as "The Great American Novel." In politics: a young strapping Calvin Coolidge is the United States President. Von Hindenburg is elected president of Germany while in prison convicted traitor (Adolph Hitler) dictates his book "Four and a Half Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice." His Nazi publisher shortens it to Mein Kampf, or My Struggle. The initial sales are just 700 copies. Speaking of dictators the recently deceased Russian Dictator Lenin is being stuffed and mounted for perpetual display in Red Square. Wisely America did not emulate this practice, as the great WWI President Woodrow Wilson had died just a few weeks later of heart failure.