Best of the Decade: 1900s

Editor’s Note: This year, our Half Price Books calendar once again features lists of books, movies and music. We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past. Each month, we’ll share a list of events, inventions and, of course, books, movies and music, from every decade since the 1900s right here on the blog. Enjoy!

Corn Flakes® became a breakfast staple on tables across the nation and up in the sky, it was a bird, a plane! No, really. It was a plane. Check out the interesting events that made our list beside the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight and see which books, music and movies were all the rage during the 1900s.


1900s 1


Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Up From Slavery – Booker T. Washington
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Call of the Wild – Jack London
The Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. du Bois
The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum


Scott Joplin: His Complete Works
Salome – Richard Strauss
Bert Williams: The Early Years, 1901-1909
The Merry Widow – Franz Lehár
The Complete Victor Recordings – Enrico Caruso
Tosca – Giacomo Puccini
Symphony No. 8 – Gustav Mahler

1900s 2


A Trip to the Moon
The Great Train Robbery
A Corner in Wheat
The Impossible Voyage
Rescued By Rover
The Story of the Kelly Gang
Life of an American Fireman
L’Enfant Prodigue



1901 Theodore Roosevelt inaugurated

1903 Wright Brothers’ first powered flight

1904 Mary McLeod Bethune opens school for African American girls

1905 Einstein publishes Theory of Relativity

1906 Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® introduced

1907 Picasso’s cubism takes art world by storm

1908 Ford makes first Model T

1909 NAACP founded in New York City

There you have it! Stay tuned for the inventions and book mentions we found for the next decade! …and while you’re waiting, let us know a few of your favorite early 1900s-era books, music and movies in the comments.


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