Welcome to the Great Depression Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at pictures from that most unfortunate decade of the 1930's. It actually started in 1929 with the crash of the stock market. The stock market crash quickly led to bank failures and bank runs, where people learned that they had lost all their savings. This resulted in both loss of credit and individuals and businesses not able to access their bank accounts. This quickly led to business failures and unemployment, and overall desperate conditions.
What gets me is the striking contrasts between the 1920's and 1930's. The people in the 20's acted as if there was absolutely no way anything could go wrong. Most were caught completely off guard by the collapse and the decade of misery that follows.
The concerning thing is that most people who lived through the depression have passed on, and this lesson of history has been pretty much forgotten.