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Although it has
been repeated many times as a joke, there was some truth to the story
of people in Texas not being aware of a depression - let alone a "Great"
Depression. For most Texans there was little change in their standard
Here are stories, photos and memories of the 30s in an informal scrapbook
of events and personalities.
Excepts from "I Was a Teen in the 1930s and Some More Stuff"
Nobody in the world, dead or alive, knew how long Miss Bell taught
the fourth grade in and around Decatur, Texas...
"You never know when somebody says something, or does something,
that it may have a big effect on you the rest of your life."
"She's very daring. They put her wire up to the very tiptop
of the tent thirty-five feet above the ground, and she does exciting
maneuvers without using a net."
Date with Mary
Mary was the cause of the most exciting week of my young life.
We Made Gasoline
" As cheap as fuel was in those days, [the old tractor] required
an item that was extremely scarce - cash. So we did as many others
in that part of the county did. We decided to make our own tractor
"I did typing for Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the
Barbarian. I never dreamed that Conan would be featured in comic
books, movies ..."
George Lester - Memoir
Flat and Beyond
Over The Rio or Waiting for Goddard
The mix of gunpowder and the US Postal System always guarantees
a good story. The time was 1936...
Rand and Yesterdays ‘House of Tomorrow’ by Clay Coppedge
News that Sally Rand would come to Texas for the Forth Worth Frontier
Centennial in 1936 was met with outrage by some and curiosity by
many. Her reputation, gained at the 1933 World Fair in Chicago in
1933, preceded her...
Rose, Sally Rand's Nude Ranch and the 1936 Fort Worth Frontier Centennial
by George Lester
Gonzales County Rite of Passage by Dawson Minear
I never realized until I became old how much fun I had as a youth...
Texas in the 20s and 30s -
A Memoir by Pablo L. Sanchez
Vintage photos courtesy Paul O. Sanchez
than Far West Texas
If you happened to be graduating from high school in 1936, you faced
a bleak and uncertain future....
"Fields" in 1930 by Louise George
Post Office Drug Store at Saltillo, Texas by Robert G. Cowser
" In 1930 Rua Arthur opened the Post Office Drug Store in its
new building facing the newly paved U.S. Highway 67, also known
as the Bankhead Highway and the Broadway of America. A few yards
behind the building were the Cotton Belt Railroad tracks and a depot..."
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