We don’t really need to tell you that the 1920s were cool. The Roaring Twenties were characterized by prosperity and independence and people today are still fascinated by this decadent period in time. How could a decade that gave us flappers, fantastic fashion, the Jazz Age, women earning the right to vote, and a major technological boom be considered anything but cool? But just in case you still have doubt, check out these 17 photos that prove just how cool the 1920s really were. After that, be sure to take a look at the equally awesome 1930s.
Rebel with a garter flask, 1926
A New York City policeman hanging out, 1920
A couple of fashionable women, 1920s
Two cyclists, Vervaeke and Geldhol, smoking during the 1920 Tour de France.
Miss Universe Ella Van Hueson, circa June 16, 1928.
Dancing the Charleston on a railing in front of the US Capitol.
Group taking a selfie photo in 1920.
Even the mugshots were cool (1925).
Silent film star Evelyn Brent, 1924.
Harry Houdini demonstrates photo manipulation by taking a “spirit photograph” with Abraham Lincoln, 1920s
Bulgarian photobomber, 1926
Washington Cat Show at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.
Cambridge undergraduates, 1926
1920s amusement park
Three young men in a vehicle, c. 1924
Aviator Bessie Coleman and her plane in 1922
Sharpshooter Annie Oakley with a gun that Buffalo Bill gave her, 1922.