Stars of the 20s

On the surface, it may seem that not much has changed when contrasting celebrities of the 1920s with those of today: Frank was a footballer, and Evelyn a singer. But dig a little deeper, and it becomes apparent that fame was a very different concept; it was not intertwined with fortune, for a start. Read Frank and Evelyn’s stories to uncover the truth – Click each image or link to find out about the story behind it.

An illustration of Frank Moss, drawn from a photograph. By Sophie Glover.Frank Moss

Footballer and captain of the England team

Frank was a star on the field, leading Aston Villa and England as captain during his career. But life as a professional footballer in the 1920s was very different to today – read Frank’s story to find out.

Meet Frank Moss

An illustration of Evelyn Dove, drawn from a photograph. By Sophie Glover.Evelyn Dove

The trailblazing performer

Evelyn found fame as a singer and broadcaster, playing at venues across the world and leading the way for women of African heritage on British broadcasts. Discover Evelyn’s incredible achievements by reading her full story.

Meet Evelyn Dove

What is 20 People of the 20s?

20 People of the 20s is a project where staff members at The National Archives have researched a story of someone from the 1920s. From family members and First World War service personnel, to famous performers and politicians, we hope these stories will encourage you to explore the breadth of experience in 1920s Britain. 20 People of the 20s is part of 20sPeople – our season to mark the release of the 1921 Census, connecting the 1920s and the 2020s.  Find out more here.

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