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Fads of the 1930s.
Transcript of Fads of the 1930s.
Many people tried to entertain themselves while spending little to no money.
Entertainment allowed people to break free from their often depressing lives. Radio The 1930s was the golden age of the radio. By the start of the decade, 12 million families owned a radio and by the end of the decade, the number rose to 28 million.
The radio kept many people united. It told news stories, like when the Hindenburg ship exploded in 1937 and Franklin Roosevelt would host his fireside chats to the public.
Many listeners would tune in for their favorite drama show or to listen to music. Family Game Night Reading Material The 1930s was a successful decade for literature. People read to learn and entertain themselves.
Dr. Seuss created many stories for young kids learning to read.
Nancy Drew mystery stories and the Little House on the Prairie were popular among young girls. The comic book series "Superman" became popular for young boys.
•The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
•Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
•To Have and Have Not by Earnest Hemingway
•Northwest Passage by Kenneth Robert
•Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Movie Goers The 1930s produced movies that are still popular today. Movies like The Wizard of Oz, which is a classic children's tale.
Three years after the novel was published, Gone With the Wind became a popular motion picture.
Other classics like King Kong, Frankenstein, Dracula, Scarface, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were popular in the 1930s. Fashion People were sewing less and would buy ready-to-wear clothes instead. Even though income had decreased, many people wanted to dress like movie stars.
Dresses and blouses hung snugly around the body and moved with it.
Sports dressing and jerseys became popular with men. Plaids and stripes were also very popular. Goldfish Swallowing In 1939, the college fad of swallowing live goldfish started.
A Harvard freshman started the trend by accepting a challenge to get a live goldfish for $10.
The news of what he had done spread to other colleges where other freshmen topped his goldfish record.
A Clark University student digested eighty-nine goldfish in one sitting.
U.S. Public Health Services warned students of the dangers of swallowing the goldfish. The fish could harbor a disease or a tape worm.
In the spring of 1939, people stopped swallowing goldfish, more out of boredom than the health warning. Families would spend time together by playing card or board games. Neighbors would often get together regularly to play.
Monopoly was released in the 1930s and would occupy people's time for hours.
Rummy and bridge were very popular card games.
Jigsaw puzzles were popular also. Stamp Collection Shortly after Franklin D. Roosevelt's election, stamp collecting became the rage. Stamp collection was a favorite hobby of his and therefore became a popular hobby of the citizens. Dance Marathons Dance marathons were a popular fad in the 1920s and 1930s. People were challenged to stay on their feet for as long as they could.
Many competitions offered monetary winnings but some just offered the glory of winning.
An admission price of 25 cents was required to enter. Sitter-bys could watch the dance for as long as they pleased. Sources: Clothing of the 1930s. n.d. 5 April 2013. <http://tirocchi.stg.brown.edu/514/story/fashion_thirties.html>.
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Swallowing Goldfish. n.d. 9 April 2013. <http://library.thinkquest.org/3205/SwalG.html>.
Thirties Entertainment. n.d. 08 April 2013. <http://library.thinkquest.org/J0111064/3