What were the Best Selling Products during Great Depression? At the time when the stock market crashed and turned the life of people in America. The wealthy were stripped of their wealth and the poor were suffering even more. It lasted for about a decade and popularly known as the Great Depression. Due to the hard reality of life, people escaped into the virtual lives in movies, novels, and radios. We researched the history in order to create a list of the b St selling products of that time. Millions lost their jobs and homes. People had to accommodate themselves in houses made of cardboard boxes. These towns were called “Hooverville” after Herbert Hoover, the then president who was blamed for the depression. Franklin Roosevelt succeeded him and promised the Americans jobs and establishment of many federal organizations with the goal of improving the economy.
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Many gangsters were born during this period such as Pretty Boy Floyd, Bonnie and Clyde, and Baby Face. Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women , Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present by Jacqueline Jones, Gambling in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Issues, and Society by William Norman Thompson, The Great Depression in America: A Cultural Encyclopedia, Volume 2 by William H. Young, and Chicago in the Great Depression by James R. Schonauer and Kathleen G. Schonauer are some of the sources we managed to obtain information from.
Movie tickets, Board Games, and Zippers are some of the Best Selling Products during Great Depression. As movies were the first choice of the people to escape from the reality, about 80 million visited the movies every week in an attempt to forget about the hardships. Some popular movies of this time were King Kong, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Frankenstein, The Wizard of Oz, Tom Sawyer, Gone with the Wind, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Board games were another shot at escaping from the reality. Monopoly was the most popular game as it gave people what they wanted at that time: entertainment, escape from life, and money! The game helped the people to have an illusion that they were rich enough to buy buildings. Those who could not afford to go out all the time played games likes Monopoly, The Game of Life, Ladders, and Scrabble. Zippers were brought by people of all sections of the society as the buttons had become very expensive! Take a look at what the other best selling products were!