Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging


Jazz – Icon of The Twentieth Century America

I was born in The Thirties: Everything was seen through the lens of the Great Depression.

th-24            th-18         great depression

Full and healthy employment in 1929 at 3.2% abruptly shifted with the crash on Wall Street and ensuing global depression. Unemployment During the Great Depression the average rate of unemployment in 1929: 3.2% in 1930: 8.9% in 1933: 24.9% in 1934: 21.7% , 193819.0% in 1939: 17.2%3

US Gross Domestic Product (current dollars)
The Great Crash, 1929-1933
in 1929: $103.6 billion
in 1930: $91.2
in 1931: $76.5
in 1932: $58.7
in 1933: $56.4     My birth year was 1934. The GDP had fallen by one-half in the past four years.

Franklin Roosevelt was elected President and was inaugurated March

Roosevelt’s first action as part of the New Deal was to close all banks on March 5, 1933. Also, he sent government workers to inspect each bank. Four days later, on the March 9, 500 banks reopened.

Secondly, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) improved his image by addressing the nation by radio every Sunday (a day when most people were likely to be at home.) About 60 million were estimated to have listened to what FDR had to say every week. During his broadcast to the nation, he discussed his plans. He explained everything he was planning to do. FDR called the people, his friends, to make them feel closer to him, making him familiar with the people and making him more likable.

In the late thirties, I do remember listening to President Roosevelt in my grandmother’s house on an enormous Philco radio.

” This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself –nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life, a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.”

th-27 Citizen’s Conservation Corps provided public works and required jobs.


My first experience in the outside world was in my grandfather’s Buick which looks like this car:

th-20                        Kodak “Brownie” roll film camera was the family camera.             th-28

My treats included pony rides.     pony rides

My education until age six was at my grandmother’s breakfast table.         th-21        Occasionally I got to ride the “Merry-go-round.”    merry-go-around

Movies were the greatest diversion from the general depressive mood. I went to all of the movies with my folks. My parts were the cartoons shorts: Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies.


Everyday, a milkman brought us fresh milk to our door. We had to turn in the empty bottles to be reused.


Before we had a refrigerator, our food was stored in an ice box.                th-23       We had frequent deliveries of ice that was brought in a horse drawn ice wagon.        th-22In the Summer, an ice cream truck rang bells at the curb and if you had a nickel you were in luck.

September 1939, I was only five years old and had no understanding of World events, but a critical event occurred when Nazi Germany, without provocation, suddenly invaded Poland and threatened to control Europe including England.The Second World War had begun.  Why did Germany attack Poland and start WWII? Germany had decided German-speaking Poles were being mistreated. In essence, Germany had decided they wanted to reclaim  lost real estate back “un-fair decisions after  World Waw I.  American opinion was strongly against involvement.  President Roosevelt decided that The US must support Great Britain and against Congressional resistance, he arranged for the transfer of fifty US destroyers to be turned over to The English Navy.

I remember a great public debate about women wearing “pants.”pants

The End

Charles Clanton Rogers  October 14, 2015

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17 thoughts on “I am a Time Traveler from The Twentieth Century – The Thirties

    1. clanton1934 says:

      Dear mukul, I invite your comment on my memoirs of the consequential years of 1940 -41.

      Thank you, Charles

      Liked by 1 person

  1. What a beautiful summary of an era! Great writing and photos.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Well, thank you. I stumbled on this idea quite by accident. Occasionally I would write some posts for my sons. Others would write me and say, “I love history in The first-person. So there it is. ccr

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      1. Well it worked. What a wonderful idea to share it with your sons.

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      2. clanton1934 says:

        I look forward to seeing more of your rather unique blogging plans. ccr

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      3. Thank you. What suggestions do you have? The girls have really worked hard on this and so have been inspired to learn more.

        Liked by 1 person

      4. clanton1934 says:

        I think your girls are doing great without my suggestions but, these suggestions helped me:
        #1 Write every day, as a duty, as a music student does scale every day (both my sons have master’s degree in music}. Write something every day, even if it is about why you don’t feel like writing today.
        #2 be bold, don’t let one’s inner critic slow you down. # 3 Read at least 20 min. every day. ; write about what you have read; write about both sides of debatable points.
        Good luck and keep me informed. ccr

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      5. clanton1934 says:

        Dear ladies at Faraday’s candle. I thought I would share with you an old truth upon which I just stumbled. (one learns a lot stumbling around) When writing an exposition of a generic topic, before the finish, reach in and put a person in it; preferably one’s self. When at an art gallery, notice great landscape artist include a person in it, usually not in the center, about in the lower one-third and a third from the right or left. But not in the center.
        In your essay, that is about anything place a “little you” in it; how does this affect your outlook?
        Try it, no cost! Charles Rogers

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      6. Ha! That was a topic of conversation yesterday, because of two bloggers. Thank you!!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. bbnewsab says:

    Yes, KK, you did it again!

    You just put clothes on thoughts we all have. We can nod our heads by reading this post and think. That blogger is really worth following. He knows how to share his knowledge and enrich his readers’ lives.

    I want more of the same, KK!

    Continue sharing your memories, and thoughts (and emotions), coming from your long and interesting life.

    Both your children (and other relatives) and your blog followers will feel thankful for this. Who wouldn’t want to have a friend like you?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. clanton1934 says:

      Well, PV,
      It never occurred to me to write on this idea until you stimulated me to do it.
      You have become a benevolent “editor & agent”

      Perhaps you can help this blind hog find some more acorns!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. bbnewsab says:

    Yes, but as you know, it won’t be cheap. Ill send you my invoice later on. And then I recommend you to lie down when reading the bottom line sum.

    Otherwise you risk hurting yourself. 😉 *just kidding*


  4. bbnewsab says:

    Is it your son Steven who’s entertaining us with his music?

    If so, why not mention that? That’s nothing to be ashamed of, KK, to tell your readers/followers who is the leading music player. On the contrary.

    BTW, here’s an article I guess you (and other music lovers) will appreciate: . An article revealing some of the secrets behind the ability of music to generate awe.


  5. bbnewsab says:

    The man that hath no music in himself,
    Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
    Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.

    William Shakespeare

    Words worth considering, KK! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. clanton1934 says:

      It’s a good thing we have such reliable muses! K


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