The Depression years were grim, but people still found ways to have fun.
Radio provided free entertainment in the home. The sound effects stimulated imaginations and listening was like being there. The child in the behind the scenes look at sound effects in the radio sees the action he is hearing as he listens to a Western broadcast. Check out the video:
Radio provided something for everyone ~ Comedy, Drama, Mystery, SciFi, Westerns, Detective stories and News programs.
Eleanor Roosevelt addressed the nation before the President did on her weekly radio show, December 7, 1941. She spoke to the nation and specifically to the women ~ women who had been inspired by her throughout the 1930s.
Movies allowed a glimpse into other worlds.
The glamorous stars ~ Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Greta Garbo, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland, Humphry Bogart, Clark Gable to just name a few ~ for a short time could erase the reality of lost jobs, drudgery and childcare.
Theatre giveaways lured women out of the home to the movies. Ladies night featured lower rates for women. There was Dish Night when, with frequent trips to the movie theatre, a woman could accumulate complete sets of dishes and glassware. Check your attic. Depression glass is valuable today.
There were raffles for appliances and even automobiles to make going to the movies a fun adventure.
Have some fun today and thanks for stopping by.
April 12, 2016 at 6:42 am
I love seeing old movie advertisements. I can’t imagine what it was like to live in that time, though.
Thanks for stopping by! 😀
April 12, 2016 at 8:22 am
It was a tough time, but every era has its challenges.
April 12, 2016 at 10:38 am
I can’t imagine what it was like before radio and TV. You had newspapers, but it seems like your world would have been SO confined to the town you lived in.
April 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm
Some say it was easier times since we’re now days we can get overwhelmed by too much information.
April 12, 2016 at 11:52 am
I’m so glad I discovered you and your blog! Nature, depression glass, and Eleanor Roosevelt all in one. I wonder if ER took a lot of criticism for that wonderful broadcast; if she did, I’m sure she didn’t care–
April 12, 2016 at 1:58 pm
I’m glad you stopped by and hope you’ll be back. Eleanor Roosevelt is a favorite heroine of mine. Such a multi-faceted person.
April 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm
You ever see any Greer Garson movies? My favourite actress.
Joy @ The Joyous Living
April 12, 2016 at 3:21 pm
She is gorgeous. I don’t remember seeing any of her movies. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for stopping by.
April 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm
Thanks for stopping by too! A few faves – Random Harvest, When Ladies Meet, and Blossoms in the Dust.
April 12, 2016 at 3:26 pm
I thought I would just sneak past and say . . hello and keep up the good work on the A to Z.
I love that old King Kong Movie . . . No one likes being pestered by bi-planes particularly when you find yourself stuck on the top of a tall building.
Good luck on the journey to Z
April 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm
It’s interesting how radio has evolved from a source of news and stories into a place (primarily) for music. I don’t think that radio is as social now as it once was. But I could probably say that about almost anything.
Doree Weller’s Blog
April 12, 2016 at 6:35 pm
I think Garrison Keeler of Public Radio is doing a nice job of keeping the old radio type programs alive. National Public Radio has several shows: http://www.thestory.org. http://www.themoth.org. http://www.thisamericanlife.org. that tell stories.
April 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm
Oh, and I wanted to let you know that when click on your blog link in my email, it takes me to a dead link on your page, and I have to click “blog” to get to your most recent post. Also, the subject of today’s email was “Nourishment.” So I think you might have a bug in your subscriptions.
April 12, 2016 at 6:28 pm
Thank you. The technical aspect baffles me. I hope it’s not too screwed up. I think there was a problem with Nourishment getting edited and reposted.
April 12, 2016 at 6:31 pm
Definitely a different world than we are in today. I love movies from this time period.
April 12, 2016 at 6:39 pm
I’m glad you stopped by. I especially love the musicals like Dancing in the Rain.
April 12, 2016 at 6:38 pm
I love the old time radio shows. And your blog is so much fun!
April 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm
Thank you. I appreciate you stopping by.
April 12, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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April 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm
That was fun! Thanks Love the Wizard and little Shirley.
April 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm
You’re welcome. I had fun doing it.
April 12, 2016 at 11:15 pm
I read somewhere that they would give up a car before they’d give up a radio. Shirley Temple still lifts me up on a bad day. I own all of her movies.