The 1930s - The Great Depression Era

Take a blast to the past as we explore our history, decade by decade.
What traditions have stuck? What fashion trends have returned? What games do we still play? A lot can happen in 100 years!

  • Attire

    Midi length bias-cut dresses, puff sleeves, belted waists and large yokes or collars. Old Hollywood evening gowns – backless, sleeveless, long bias-cut dresses. High waisted sailor pants and wide leg beach pajamas. Casual sports clothes — skirt-like shorts, striped knit shirts. Gloves and pocketbooks were common accessories. Beads and furs were still popular during the 1930s. Fox furs worn fashionably over the shoulders or arm. Long narrow coats with fur collars also stylish.

  • Music & Dance

    ● Rumba ● Samba ● Foxtrot ● Waltz ● Lindy Hop ● Balboa ● Shag ● Jive

    In the 1930s, big bands and swing music were popular, like the Glenn Miller bandleaders.

  • Famous Faces Born

    ● Clint Eastwood ● Johnny Cash ● Warren Buffet ● Sean Connery ● Neil Armstrong ● Ray Charles ● Tippi Hedren ● Robert Wagner ● Gene Hackman ● Steve McQueen ● Nita Talbot ● Joanne Woodward ● Jim Nabors


  • Popular Food

    Food "disguises" were popular including pigs in blankets, mushrooms made out of cream cheese and "bunny salad" made from a canned pear half.

    ● Chicken Divan Casserole ● Cherries Jubilee ● Sweet Potato-Marshmallow Surprises ● Black Bottom Pie

  • Art

    The '30s saw the emergence of a series of seminal new European art movements, including Art Deco, Cubism and Surrealism, among others.

    Our Art Throbs Club will be painting Pablo Picasso's 'Figures Au Bord De La Mer' (1931), along with sketching fashions from the decade.

  • Fun Facts

    ● Hollywood and the filmmaking art and industry played an important role in providing psychological relief and strengthening for the trials facing American workers and families during the 1930s. Movies cost only twenty to thirty cents so were accessible to a broad span of Americans, even in the Depression ● The average income of the American family dropped by 40 percent from 1929 to 1932. Income fell from $2,300 to $1,500 per year.  During the 1930s, manufacturing employees earned about $17 per week. Doctors earned $61 per week. ● Religion, the largest Protestant groups or denominations in the 1930s were Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Disciples, Episcopalians, Holiness Movement, and Congregationalists. Also Catholicism.

  • Popular Games & Toys

    ● Sorry ● Scrabble