The Great Gatsby



Ford Model T manufactured

1908 - 1927

Revolutionary invention that brought the working man's dream of car ownership into a reality. The first car created for the use of the ordinary man, it was affordably, practical and durable.

WW1 ends


World War I ends before Second Lieutenant Fitzgerald ever leaves the U.S. His failure to see foreign combat will forever be one of Fitzgerald's greatest regrets.

Black Sox Scandal


In 1919, Arnold Rothstein, a well-known New York gangster, worked with eight members of the White Sox to "fix" the World Series. In exchange for losing the Series, Rothstein would provide the gambling connections to make the players rich. In The Great Gatsby, the character of Meyer Wolfsheim is based on Arnold Rothstein.


1920 - 1933

Prohibition was the period in United States history in which the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors was outlawed. It was a time characterized by speakeasies, glamor, and gangsters who made fortunes as bootleggers, selling illegal alcohol in America from abroad.

Economic Boom

1920 - 1929

Due to the destruction of the European economies in the Great War, the sudden technological advancements and easily accessible energy resources, prosperity and consumerism spread throughout the USA. This lead to the mass advertising and materialistic sensibilities of the 1920s.

'Fatty' Arbuckle Scandal


Release of the frist talking picture - The Jazz Singer


Wallstreet Crash


The 'Roaring 20s' ends as the Great Depression begins

F. Scott. Fitzgerald

US Army Service


Receives commission as infantry 2nd Lieutenant

Marries Zelda Sayre


Birth of Daughter Scottie Fitzgerald


The Great Gatsby published