1930s Trivia

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The 1930s

Take a quick journey back in time for a glimpse of what was happening in the 1930s.

History from the 1930s:

  • The US experienced a great economic depression for most of the 1930s. Many people lost their money, jobs, and their homes
  • US suffered its worst drought in its history
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected as the President of the United States in 1932
  • The 21st Amendment was passed repealing the 18th Amendment ending prohibition of alcohol
  • The Hoover Dam was completed
  • Paperback books began being published, which brought affordable modern literature to the masses
  • The WPA (Works Progress Administration) was formed to provide millions of jobs
  • The United States Social Security Act was signed into law
  • Nazi Germany began its persecution of Jews, 1938
  • In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act introduced the nation’s first minimum wage of $0.25 an hour

New foods introduced in the 1930s:

  • Jiffy Biscuit Mix, 1930
  • Heinz Ketchup, 1930
  • Sliced Bread, 1930
  • Dry Soup Mix, 1930
  • Cheese Puffs, 1930
  • Tacos, 1931
  • Twinkies, 1933
  • Hawaiian Punch, 1934
  • Canned Soda, 1938

1930s Toys:

Simple toys like finger paints, dolls, and model cars and trains were very popular in the 1930s. Famous board games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, and Sorry! made their debut.

1930s Costs:

  • In 1930 average new house cost around $7,145
  • In 1930 the average income per year was around $1,970
  • In 1930 a gallon of gas was 10 cents
  • In 1930 average cost of a car was $640
  • Dozen Eggs 18 cents, 1932
  • Tomato Soup, 4 cans for 25 cents, 1937
  • Corn Flakes, 3 packages for 25 cents, 1937
  • Gallon of gas, 17 cents

1930s Fashions:

  • The wearing of sunglasses became popular
  • Nylon and zippers gained prominence
  • Both men and women wore hats
  • Art Deco style was very popular

1930s Pop Culture:

  • Big band music becomes popular
  • Films: The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Awful Truth, Holiday, King Kong, Frankenstein, All Quiet on the Western Front, It Happened One Night, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Tarzan
  • Superman is seen in a comic for the first time
  • Movie Stars:Clark Gable, Shirley Temple, Joan Crawford, Will Rogers, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Errol Flynn, Jean Harlow, Myna Loy, James Stewart, James Cagney