The Year 1922

Join us for a trip back in time to the year 1922, the year Gledhill Nursery was founded…

  • It is the time of The Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties…
  • The United States is in the Prohibition era.
  • Warren G. Harding is president of the United States (vice president: Calvin Coolidge).
  • Rebecca L. Fulton becomes the first woman Senator.
  • Lillian Gatlin becomes the first woman to fly across the continent.
  • Skywriting first appears in America, introduced by Britain’s Jack Savage.
  • Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • The highest temperature ever to be measured on Earth is recorded in Libya: 136 degrees Farenheit (58 degrees Celsius) in the shade.
  • Construction of the Appalachian Trail begins.
  • $100 in 1922 is worth $1,408 in 2015.


  • Estimated United States population (according to U.S. Census Bureau):
    1922: 110,049,000
    2014: 318,857,056
  • Estimated world population:
    1922: 1,900,000,000
    2015: 7,247,668,000


  • Charles Francis Jenkins (inventor) makes the first laboratory transmission of a television picture signal.
  • The first commercial is broadcast, charging $100 for 10 minutes airtime.  Ads for Palmolive soap, Lucky Strike cigarettes, Gold Medal Flour, etc. follow.
  • Connecticut’s first radio station, WDRC, begins broadcasting.

Some movies released in 1922:

  • Nosferatu (starring Max Schreck)
  • Robin Hood (Douglas Fairbanks)
  • Oliver Twist (Jackie Coogan, Lon Chaney)
  • Blood And Sand (Rudolph Valentino,  Lita Lee, and Nita Naldi)
  • Flesh And Blood (Lon Chaney)
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (Ronald Colman,  Madeleine Carroll, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.)
  • Moran Of The Lady Letty (Rudolph Valentino, May McAvoy, and William Long)
  • The Man From Beyond (Harry Houdini, Nita Naldi)
  • Quincy Adams Sawyer (John Bowers, Blanche Sweet, Lon Chaney)
  • The Toll of the Sea (A two-color process is introduced by Technicolor; starring Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Beatrice Bentley)
  • Tess of the Storm Country (Mary Pickford)
  • Orphans of the Storm (Dorothy Gish, Lillian Gish)
  • Dr. Jack (Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, John T. Prince)
  • Smilin’ Through (Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond)
  • One Exciting Night (Carol Dempster, Henry Hull, Porter Strong)
  • Foolish Wives (Rudolph Christian, Miss DuPont, Maude George)
  • Manslaughter (Thomas Meighan, Leatrice Joy, Lois Wilson)
  • Nanook of the North (the first documentary, starring Nanook)
  • The Toll of the Sea (A two-color process is introduced by Technicolor; starring Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Beatrice Bentley)
  • Daydreams (Buster Keaton, Renie Adorie, Joe Keaton, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline)
  • The Sawmill (Larry Semon)
  • The Dome Doctor (Larry Semon)
  • Working Winnie (Ethlyn Gibson)
  • The Return Of Grey Wolf (James Pierce)
  • Rounding Up The Law (Big Boy Williams)
  • Human Hearts (House Peters, Russell Simpson, and Gertrude Clark)
  • Down To The Sea In Ships (Clara Bow)
  • The first 3-D movie is released, using red/green lens glasses.

Some people born in 1922:

  • Charles Schulz (‘Peanuts’ comic strip/cartoon creator)
  • Sid Caesar (comic actor and TV pioneer)
  • Christopher Lee (actor)
  • Jason Robards (actor)
  • Ava Gardner (actor)
  • Judy Garland (actor)

Some people who died in 1922:

  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • William Desmond Taylor (an unsolved murder of a top Paramount film director in early Hollywood)


  • The Charleston dance becomes popular after being danced on Broadway.
  • New Orleans Rhythm Kings (Dixieland jazz) is formed.
  • Fats Waller (jazz pianist) releases his first record,  Muscle Shoals Blues.


  • James Joyce publishes Ulysses.
  • T.S. Eliot publishes The Waste Land.
  • Sinclair Lewis publishes Babbitt.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes Tales of the Jazz Age.
  • Emily Post publishes her first book on etiquette, Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home.
  • Reader’s Digest is first published in New York City.
  • Booth Tarkington wins the Pulitzer Prize for Alice Adams.


  • Giants beat Yankees in World Series, 4-0.
  • Babe Ruth is suspended for one game for throwing dirt on an umpire.
  • Canton Bulldogs are the #1 standing team in NFL (Super Bowl I is still 45 years away).
  • Johnny Weismuller becomes the first human to swim 100 meters in under one minute.
  • Boxing champions: William Bryan Downey, Dave Rosenberg, Jock Malone, and Mike O’Dowd (middleweights); Battling Siki (light heavyweight).

World news:

  • Southern Ireland becomes the Irish Free State.
  • Republic of Turkey is established.
  • Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.) is formed by Vladimir Lenin.
  • Benito Mussolini becomes the premier of Italy.
  • Mahatma Ghandi begins a 6-year prison sentence for leading the Indian National Congress after 22 died in riots.
  • Archaeologist Howard Carter discovers the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

Click here to read an article written in 1922 predicting what life will be like in the year 2000.