(This posting is a continuation of 52a-Serrapede Family in America: The Great Depression, Part 1)
Discussion with Uncle Sammy on Sunday, January 24, 2016
Topic: What do you associate with the 1930s?
EmilyAnn: First, I think of what happened on the day the Stock Market Crashed in 1929. Mom told me that some investors were so shocked or ruined that they soon committed suicide. Dad always said that as bad as things were that should never have happened. People live through tough times by drawing closer to each other. Mom and Dad repeatedly emphasized this. With this in mind I wondered how people coped.
My parents and grandparents often told me that the movies offered a great escape. I think of the Endicott Theatre that was located on 13th Avenue and 70th Street. Mom and Dad shared many of their memories with me about their happy times at the Saturday afternoon matinees. One of Mom’s favorite series of films came out towards the end of the 1930s. She was a fan of Mickey Rooney and the “Andy Hardy” films he made. Mom thought he was cute. I couldn’t understand the appeal because as a child I knew Mickey Rooney as an older actor. When I saw the photos of him as a teenage star I quickly understood how Mom, as a 6 or 7 year old girl, could develop a crush on him.
Opening credit for Mickey Rooney from 1939 film, “Babes in Arms.”