Weird Facts from the Great Depression

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1939) eats
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Weird facts from the Great Depression.
There are many lessons from the Great Depression, but
sometimes the weirdest ones stick in your head. Below are
some of the facts that will get a prepper thinking about how to
prepare in case the United States ever faces the economic
turmoil that happened for more than a decade...

Weird Facts about the Great Depression
The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939. During this
interesting time, people did some strange things. There are
facts about the Great Depression that history books may have
overlooked, but that preppers will find fascinating.

Below are the lessons of interest to preppers, homesteaders
and survivalists.

Great Depression Food Facts
Some of the most popular foods of the great depression are still
popular today, including macaroni and cheese, chili and popcorn.

  • Corn. Economical, nutritious and abundantly available,
    corn was marketed as a food to eat every day during the

  • 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.

Great Depression Clothing Facts

  • 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.

Great Depression Facts about Children

  • Rickets and scabs. Malnutrition was a factor particularly
    for children during the Great Depression. Malnutrition
    brought Rickets, which is a skeletal disorder that's caused
    by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphate. You'll find
    all three in milk, which is why it's a particularly good idea
    to stockpile powdered milk. Rickets may cause vomiting,
    diarrhea, and liver diseases as well as stunted growth.
    Along with the malnutrition came inadequate housing and
    medical care kids ~ it's common to see young children in
    these conditions with scabs.

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

What did people eat During the Great Depression?
Meals during the great depression included:
  • Grandmas Great Depression Cake (no eggs, no butter, no
  • 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. ~ pictures of the Great Depression
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