How People Kept Their Spirits Up in The 1930s

The Great Depression was a difficult and trying time for many across the world. With many experiencing extreme poverty at worst, and some tough times at best, it was often challenging to keep your spirits up. We pick 3 ways people in the 1930s kept their spirits up during the depression.


Entertainment took on an incredibly important role for keep people’s spirits high during the 1930s. For kids, comics were constant source of entertainment. Whether it was Superman, Flash Gordon or Dick Tracy, the comic strips in newspapers provided a needed distraction from tough times. Adults could read about the lives of the rich and the famous in the newspapers, whose lives would be comparatively glamorous.

Music became exceedingly popular during this time, unsurprisingly, the blues in particular. Television was still relatively new then, and provided yet another needed escape from life of the Depression. It portrayed happier times, and while removed from reality, it was what people relied upon to get them through.

The Radio

The radio was an important form of distraction from tough times. In the 1930s the radio was at the height of its popularity. The radio was one of the few luxuries many people afforded Grace as Veronica Lovethemselves. It was a crucial electronic because it kept listeners aware of what was going on around the world. A crucial source for news, it also provided levity to people’s lives with music programming, sports and other radio shows. Many people sat crouched around the radio and brought families together, and once you had a radio, you didn’t need money to enjoy it.


WAMBs3ep05-0061Football was a popular spectator sport, particularly , the college or high school teams. People could watch their favourite teams, form playful alliances (and dislike opposing teams) which often united communities as well as provided some free entertainment. Hockey became very popular in Canada due to the then newly found Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (or the CBC) which aired “Hockey Night in Canada” on the radio.

Take a trip back in time with this 1930s inspired Companion Radio from the Shop at Sullivan.


  • Eliana age 14 says:

    I think that I would have love living in the 1930s so much. or even being in an movie baste in
    the grate depression, (so if you ever make another movie like WIND AT MY BACK I will be the first one in it ok)? ha ha

  • Irma Levere says:

    I have enjoyed watching Wind At My Back, over and over. Wonderful programming. I also enjoy, very much Road To Avonlea. I truly enjoy the programming that Sullivan Entertainment has created. Bravo! Well done.

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