Jilara (jilara) wrote,

My Father and the Great Depression

Andrew found some notes on his life from my father, down in the basement of the Cambria house. Things about his work in the movies, early aircraft he flew, things like that. Then there was the entry that simply said: "1930-33 -Starved" It struck Andrew enough that he quoted it to me on the phone tonight. Was that literal? It may very well have been.
It was when he, his wife, and young son (my brother) all moved in with my aunt, because she was the only one in the family who had a job. There were 7 people living with her, in a one bedroom bungalow. He told me about how he used his literal last nickle to take the streetcar down to downtown Los Angeles to stand in a bread line for a 50 lb sack of beans to take home to the family.
This still isn't anywhere near the Great Depression. There aren't people standing in bread lines. Not yet.

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