7.23.2018 – 1936
We’re about a month out from the 2018-19 academic year beginning. It got me thinking, what was life like back in 1936, 82 years ago, when Marian started? So, I did a little digging and here are a few interesting and trivial tidbits I found (source http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1936.html):
- Average cost of new house $3,925.00
- Average wages per year $1,713.00
- Cost of a gallon of gas 10 cents
- Average cost for house rent $24.00 per month
- A loaf of bread 8 cents
- A pound of hamburger Meat 12 cents
- Studebaker car $665.00
- Ladies swimming costume $6.95
- Hot Cross Buns 16 cents per dozen
- Campbells Tomato Soup 4 cans for 25 cents
- Oranges 2 dozen 25 cents
Also, according to Infoplease (https://www.infoplease.com/year/1936), the world population was 4.378 billion, the Nobel Peace Prize went to Carlos de S. Lamas of Argentina, the Spanish Civil War begins, FDR is re-elected (by a landslide), unemployment was at 16.9%, and a first-class postage stamp cost $0.03. This same year, the NY Yankees beat the NY Giants in the World Series 4-2, Detroit played Toronto in the Stanley Cup, Wimbledon was won by Helen Jacobs (women) and Fred Perry (men), and Bold Venture won the Kentucky Derby.
The list goes on. I do find it interesting to look back and see how things were in times past. Information is so easy to find these days….but we have to remember to fact check! 😉
Any other notable things you know about 1936?