You live in a world where you can buy anything with the click of a mouse and receive it the next day. Where the flick of a switch floods your rooms with light, the turn of a tap delivers piping hot water, and pushing a button allows you to talk with someone on the other side of the planet (who is cross because you woke them up but that’s beside the point).
You (and I) have so much to be grateful for, and yet you are constantly frustrated by events that are beyond your control. But for goodness sake, we can send a man to the moon, so they leave you stamping your feet in frustration at the ridiculousness of it all.
We are still recovering from the Global Financial Crisis; an event that is still compared to the Great Depression. An era that is notorious for hard times.
So what would it have been like to live during the Great Depression?
This book explores the everyday difficulties of life during that time using statistics about, and personal accounts from people who were alive at that time.
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The photo used in this draft book cover shows 48 Palmerston St Carlton, c. 1935. The photo is by F. Oswald Barnett (1883-1972) from the F. Oswald Barnett Collection, State Library of Victoria.
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