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Everything from Amos n' Andy to zeppelins is incorporated during this expansive quantity encyclopedia of pop culture throughout the nice melancholy period. 2 hundred entries discover the entertainments, amusements, and folks of the USA through the tricky years of the Nineteen Thirties. even with, or maybe as a result of, such dire monetary stipulations, the worlds of paintings, type, movie, literature, radio, track, activities, and theater driven ahead. stipulations of the days have been frequently reflected within the pop culture with songs equivalent to Brother are you able to Spare a Dime, breadlines and soup kitchens, homelessness, and prohibition and repeal. Icons of the period comparable to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George and Ira Gershwin, Jean Harlow, Billie vacation, the Marx Brothers, Roy Rogers, Frank Sinatra, and Shirley Temple entertained many. Dracula, long past With the Wind, It occurred One evening , and Superman distracted others from their day-by-day concerns. Fads and video games - chain letters, jigsaw puzzles, marathon dancing, miniature golfing, Monopoly - amused a few, whereas musicians usually sang the blues.

Nancy and William younger have written a piece excellent for faculty and highschool scholars in addition to normal readers trying to find an outline of the preferred tradition of the Thirties. paintings deco, vast bands, Bonnie and Clyde, the Chicago's international reasonable, Walt Disney, Duke Ellington, five-and-dimes, the Grand Ole Opry, the jitter-bug, Lindbergh kidnapping, Little Orphan Annie , the Olympics, operettas, quiz indicates, Seabiscuit, vaudeville, westerns, and Your Hit Parade are only a sampling of the big variety of entries during this paintings. Reference gains contain an introductory essay supplying an old and cultural assessment of the interval, bibliography, and index.

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They also converted many of their vineyards to grow more juice grapes. In an ironic twist of fate during the Prohibition years, American grape production actually increased; individuals bought them in large quantities attempting to make home-brewed wines, not nonalcoholic grape juice. But for the wine industry as a whole, problems continued throughout Prohibition. The costs of maintaining vineyards, along with the loss of domestic sales, especially to restaurants, crippled the industry, and by the time of Repeal, American wine producers faced a long road back to profitability.

Wood capitalized on his newfound fame, posing for publicity photographs attired in bib overalls, a folksy Iowan who came from and represented the Heartland. As the critical and popular winds shifted, Wood set his sails accordingly. Grant Wood went on to create many other notable paintings, but nothing else he produced ever matched American Gothic in popularity. In that single work, he had struck a resonant chord with virtually all Americans, even those who had never seen the original. He spoke obliquely about the work, and many of his subsequent efforts plainly show an attempt to recapture, or replicate, whatever magic American Gothic possesses.

Ad agencies viewed smoking as a generational custom, one aimed at the fashionable young, and they stoked their ceaseless campaigns with messages that pushed for increased tobacco consumption. Lucky Strikes urged smokers to avoid overeating. ’’ This ploy apparently worked; Lucky Strikes increased their market share throughout the decade. ’’ This imaginative piece of prose first appeared in 1926 and enjoyed a revival in 1931. With a growing proportion of younger women taking up smoking in the 1930s, these advertisements had obviously struck a chord.

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