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The future, a view from the 1930s ...

                                                                                                                                  

Popular Science magazine dates all the way back to 1872, but it would be 1930 before it became so widely read. The Depression Era lent itself to dreams of the future, and that's what this periodical was selling ... at 25 cents a copy. But it wouldn't be long before the price had to be dropped to 15 cents. It's about all depression dreamers could afford.


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Nobody knew her name but just about everybody knew her face, and body. She was The Petty Girl, created by Chicago artist, George Petty in the 1930s. That's when she began appearing on the cover of Esquire magazine. She was one of the earliest calendar girls; certainly the most popular.

During the 1940s Petty Girls (or close cousins) flew hundreds of missions, and adorned thousands of GI lockers.



 BUILDING AN EMPIRE

Completed, 1931 (16 months).  Ahead of time, under budget.







The history of roller skating in America is almost as old as America itself. But it would be well into the 1930s before the pastime really caught on, and indoor skating became popular. Roller rinks began opening across the country and, in time, just about every small town could boast of its own rink.


Some rinks are still doing well today, but nothing like the '30s, '40s and '50s.  Outside, skateboards outnumber skates. And skate keys are pretty much extinct.



 


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