Lori Henriksen

author of The Winter Loon

Just for Fun



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.

Gone with Wind Wizard of OzKing Kong.jpg

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.




Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Shirley Temple

Have some fun today and thanks for stopping by.

22 thoughts on “Just for Fun

  1. I love seeing old movie advertisements. I can’t imagine what it was like to live in that time, though.

    Thanks for stopping by! 😀

  2. 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.


  3. 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–

  4. You ever see any Greer Garson movies? My favourite actress.
    Joy @ The Joyous Living

  5. 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

  6. 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.
    @DoreeWeller from
    Doree Weller’s Blog

  7. 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.

  8. Definitely a different world than we are in today. I love movies from this time period.

  9. I love the old time radio shows. And your blog is so much fun!

  10. That was fun! Thanks Love the Wizard and little Shirley.

  11. 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.

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