The Great Depression of the 1930s

The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939, and was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world. It began after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing steep declines in industrial output and employment as failing companies laid off workers. By 1933, when the Great Depression reached its lowest point, some 15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half the country’s banks had failed.

The motto of the era was “Use it up — wear it out, — make it do or do without!” 

This photographic depiction of the era vividly highlights the devastation that it left in its wake in America.

 

Main picture: Amongst the countless millions reduced to penury
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Twenty Historical Photos That Are Rarely Seen

Helen Keller and Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin was a famous silent film movie actor and Helen Keller was an author, political activist and lecturer who was deaf and blind. She still learned to communicate. Bizarrely there is a photograph of Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller meeting each other in 1912 Hollywood. They are standing face to face and Helen appears to be touching Charlie’s face to read his expression. It’s probably not seen often because it looks like a photograph a friend may have taken as a keepsake of the meeting.

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Cape Town of Yore Pictorially

It is not that I am au fait with Cape Town but apart from Port Elizabeth, I possess a natural affinity for Cape Town.  Besides spending three months in Cape Town performing a due diligence and many an Easter participating in the Two Oceans, I have never actually spent much time there.

Nonetheless photographs of the old Cape Town always appeal to me. Here are my latest batch.

Main picture: The majestic Table Mountain

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