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.

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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.