what it would be like to have a family full of brothers and sisters. Babies wrapped
in blankets, no clothes underneath, their families couldn't afford them. Imagine all
your other siblings in ragged hand-me-downs, and old scraps you found on the street.
You're all so depressed, because Dad lost his job. You have to wait in line, all of
you, every morning, really early, babies are still asleep, all for a microscopic crumb or
crust of bread. This was the 1930's: The Great Depression was bearing down on all;
the Hindenburg air ship burned; Charles Lindbergh's baby was kidnapped and later
found dead. Follow us as we sail through the headlines of the New York Times and the
articles. Imagine, just imagine.
1931 the "Star Spangled Banner" became our national anthem. Another
main event that happened in 1931 that was: Believe it or not, scientists had
begun experimenting with the idea of transmitting images over long distances. In
1931, the television was in its infancy. At the time, people didn't realize that in 50
years televions would be the main toy and entertainment of the century. Another big
hit in the 1930's was for the whole family to gather around the radio. It was their
main way to hear the news, except for going into town, which was a place they didn't go
In 1932 President Roosevelt was elected, and again re-elected in 1936. Roosevelt built our country's economy and is known to be one of many people's favorite president.
In 1937 the German Hindenburg air ship burned to the ground in less than two minutes by a spark the size of an ant, leaving 33 people killed, 12 people injured, and only 64 people got away not badly hurt.
The development of new types of fibers in the
early 30's was finally bearing fruit. In 1937 the Du Pont company in the USA was able to
make nylon stockings for the first time, although they were not yet available in stores to
the general public.
The famous American women pilot, Amelia
Earhart, disappeared on a flight around the world in July of 1938. She was two thirds of
the way around when her plane was believed to crash in the middle of the Pacific
The fashion of the 1930's was very different than the fashion today. Hats for both men and women were popular for both day and evening wear. Dresses were often cut of the bias to allow a smoother drape of the fabric. Women wore long halter topped dresses, lace frocks, negligees, and corsets. Men wore suits with a matching top hat and over coats.
During the 1930's their were many choices for entertainment, whether it was Snow White or some super hero. Most children liked to listen to the radio with "Little Orphan Annie", the brave detective child with a wild imagination, and Sandy, her pet dog, while trying to solve the mystery. All the fans of Annie's would buy pins, books, watches, and other top secret detective things.
The adults liked the movie, Gone With the Wind, a Civil War romance story, with "The King of Hollywood," Clark Gable! Also there was Shirley Temple, known for her blonde ringlets and her ability to sing and tap dance Shirley Temple became a favorite celebrity in 1934 when she first stared in the following: Now and Forever, Little Miss Marker, and Bright Eyes. By the end of the year she received an Academy Award, and was declared a favorite for the whole family! By the end of the decade, one of the first color motion pictures was released. The Wizard of Oz made it's screen debut in 1939.
Adolph Hitler had been persecuting the Jews for almost 15 years. This time was very scary, and a time that the Jews and some other minorities had to stay tucked away. This time was miserable, for everyone! Anne Frank and many of the other Jews were forced to endure Hitler's Concentration Camps. After they were in the Concentration Camps the Nazis tattooed numbers on the people's arms. They were no longer known by their name, but by their numbers. They were worked very hard and got little food. More than half of the people turned ill, died, or were killed by the Nazis in the Concentration Camps.
There have been many advances in science and medicine since the 30's. Pluto was discovered in 1930. And is now the smallest planet in this galaxy. In 1931 there was the first clinical use of Penicillin. In 1937 there was insulin used to control diabetes. This quote was spoken by Albert Einstein in 1930:
So, now can you imagine what it would be like
to live in the 1930's? Sometimes stressful, sometimes worrying, sometimes miserable,
But always full of hope for a better time.
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