Japanese Tea Party on Cameron Hill
Japanese Tea Party

Rise of the “Middle-Class Society”

On a Tuesday afternoon in August of 1924, a Japanese themed tea party held in the backyard of a middle-class home was reported in both the morning and afternoon newspapers.

This is a glimpse into the widespread prosperity during the “Golden Glow”. From 1922 to 1929 the United States accumulated 2/5ths of the world’s wealth. The economy was flourishing, and the middle class was enjoying a higher standard of living. Backyard tea parties were 'news worthy'.


Mrs. J. R. Johnson of the Cameron Hill Garden Club hosted the event at her home, 405 Cameron Street. W. H. Stokes Photography was hired to preserve the memory.

However, Will Stokes died 2 years earlier, so it's likely that Matt Brown took the photo, as he ran the business after Stoke's death.

Standing Left to right.
Eleanor Wimberly, Mrs. Lucile Johnson Frame, Marie Pittman, Mrs. J. R. Johnson.

Children -
Kenneth Frame, Mildred Lawson, Wallace Frame.

Japanese Tea Party at Mrs. Johnson's after a Japanese Program - Garden Club.

Chattanooga Daily Times, Wed. August 6th, 1924
The Chattanooga News, Wed. August 6th, 1924
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