Life During the Great Depression
For fun they played records on a phonograph. Baseball was popular to play and to watch (in person, not on television). Some families had fun putting together puzzles with hundreds of pieces. They put the puzzle pieces on a table in the parlor and different members of the family worked on the puzzle when they had time after chores or on Sunday afternoons. Sometimes it took several weeks to assemble a hard puzzle with lots of pieces.Besides the fun some kids had th work for food and some kids had to work for 35 cents for a three week work.Unemployed fathers saw children hired for sub-standard wages. At the height of the great depression, 2.25 million boys and girls ages 10–18 worked in factories, canneries, mines, and on farms. Children left school to support their families.Life during the great depression meant everyone needed to help out. Many children left schools to help support their families by working for jobs paying meager wages.