Weird Facts from the Great Depression

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Weird facts from the Great Depression.

Weird Facts about the Great Depression

Food
  • Milk: In desperate times, mothers made a simple
    substitute “milk” for their kids from flour and water.

  • Ice cream: Rocky Road ice cream was "invented" in during
    the Great Depression. Indeed it was a "Rocky Road" ahead
    when the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929 and
    started the Great Depression. Poverty hit the masses for a
    decade, but hit it's peak in 1933 when around 40% of the
    nations farms were on the auction block.

Clothing

  • Women's Fashion: Hemlines became longer and heels
    became lower in an effort to become more practical. Slim
    waistlines and less makeup were also fashionable as
    people reduced their diet and didn't spend money friviously
    on cosmetics.

  • Underwear: People of the Great Depression could not
    afford to replace their underwear. They had but a single
    pair of underwear. They'd take it off at night, hand wash it
    and dry for the next day.

  • Cardboard for shoes: People of the Great Depression cut
    inserts of cardboard into their shoes daily to keep their
    feet from hitting the dirt and pavement since the soles had
    worn through.

  • Three Little Pigs: The interesting symbolism in Walt
    Disney's Three Little Pigs (May 27, 1933) is that the wolf
    represented the Great Depression and the three little pigs
    represent average citizens. It gave Americans hope that
    they could succeed in banding together.

Children

  • Rickets. Malnutrition was a factor in children getting
    Rickets during the Great Depression, along with inadequate
    housing and medical care. A skeletal disorder, Rickets is a
    disease that's caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, or
    phosphate. As a result, many kids had a stunted growth.
    Rickets may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and liver diseases.

  • Chain letters. As a "get rich quick scheme" chain letters
    came about as a result of the desperation of the Great
    Depression.

What did people eat During the Great Depression?
Meals during the great depression included:
  • Grandmas Great Depression Cake (no eggs, no butter, no
    milk)
  • Creamed chipped beef on toast or waffles.
  • Creamed chicken on biscuits, as a variation of chipped beef.
  • Hash (potatoes and corned beef or sliced hot dogs).
  • Depression soup: this was simply 1/3 cup ketchup 2/3 cup
    boiling water.
  • Molasses and Cornbread.
  • Tortillas and cold coffee.

  • Hamburger Stretcher: Back in the day, hamburger helper
    was oatmeal! To make your hamburger stretch, add 2 cups
    oatmeal to a pound of hamburger meat, then add grated
    onion and one egg.


Who Made Money AFTER the crash?

  • Diamond Matches Investors. Anyone who invested in the
    Diamond timber matchstick maker (Diamond Match and

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