Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Shift Change



Today's picture shows the crowds and traffic snarls associated with a shift change at the Groton Connecticut Electric Boat Works. The picture was taken in 1941. The work and business is in stark contrast to the typical pictures from the Great Depression of just a few years prior. It is curious how war was actually the thing to break us out of the Depression.

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  1. That is quite a crowd of people and cars.
    What I find interesting. is that nobody is carring a lunch bucket or bag. I see there are three eateries in this photo, but you would think with that many people, some one would have a lunch pail. Maybe it is the going home bunch and they all had their lunch in paper bags.

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    1. With metal in short supply during the war, most working people did use paper sacks, folded them up, and used them again tomorrow. My mom used to put my my sandwiches in the bags from inside cereal boxes.

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  2. It appears everyone is in a hurry to get home or to one of the eateries. I like how no one wore tennis shoes back then.
    -Anne K.

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  3. I grew up near a large railroad repair yard in the early 60's.

    Minus the cars, this is how Main Street looked at 4:30 every afternoon.

    Main Street was lined with taverns, most were at that end of the street.

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  4. I love this photo. But I should point out that it's not really "curious" that war broke us out of the Depression. It's Keynesian. Massive public spending is what stimulates a depressed economy. This was true in Ancient Rome, in the 1930s, and today.

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    1. What stimulates a depressed economy is lower taxes and fewer business crippling laws, regulations and taxes on business.
      Governments do not create wealth, they just redistribute(steal through exorbitant taxes) wealth diminishing it along the way. Governments are fabulous wasters.
      FDR had to agree to release many of the strangleholds his government enacted, that actually prolonged the Depression, in order for American industry to equip the military for the war.
      The final end to the depression came after the war when many more but not all of the New Deal legislation was repealed.

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  5. I see Mary Lou's restaurant on the right side! Nice.

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  6. Wonder what kind of music they played at Elsie's (?Elpie's?) Dine and Dance.
    Lots of very capable looking men in the photo, no women.
    I see some dings or rust, maybe, on the leftmost visible fender, but by and large the cars look noticeably shinier and relatively newer than what I drove to work today!

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  7. I wish the causal connection between WW2 and the end of the Great Depression existed.

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