Daily Life in the 30's

By: Carson, Jade, Kierra

Changes in Entertainment

During the 30's, American music was changed due to the new technologies and progress within the industrial industry. With the improvement of the phonograph recording, amplification, jukeboxes, radios and film, the growth of the entertainment industry boomed. Singer were able to be heard over the sound of the bands playing along with the, due to electrical amplification and when this happened, the peoples attention shifted from public dancers to musicians.

When 1933 came around, the popularity of jukeboxes grew because of the Repel of Prohibition movement that was happening. Jukeboxes were placed in drinking establishments as forms of entertainment and due to this, not only did the popularity of jukeboxes increase, but so did record sales.

Later on down the road, the record industry started making it big off the back of the film industry. With films being very popular at the time, the record industry was able to make a large profit by selling recordings of movie stars. As this started to happen, Hollywood decided to come up with what they called Musicals, which allowed them to make a great profit while it also extended the fame of both the film and recording industry.


While Hollywood and popular music streaming was focused on only certain types of music, underground artists were adding a little twist on things by producing more mixed sounds. In the early 30's you may have heard jazz or blues being played almost everywhere, but that would be all that was to hear. There weren't many mixed styles of music until around the mid-thirties when swing started to dominate the as the music streamed. When swing was introduced, very important changes started happening in the underground that would later shape future music in America.

Underground Artists like Duck Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton as well as many others took jazz music and played it in a way that hinted towards new kinds of bebop as well as new kinds of cool jazz. Country artists like Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe and Gene Autry changed the traditional country music into what was known as modern country, western music and bluegrass.

Soon characteristic Underground music was making it's way into mainstream music, producing top favorite underground artists like the Andrew Sisters and Guy Lombardo. As it became popular, record producers had to start choosing which songs produced from the underground would be okay for the public to hear, leaving behind only the music that was clean enough to be broadcast to everyone.

Daily life in the 30's

Things in the daily life were that the workers were unemployed. In 1932, Americans elected a new president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His New Deal created a new role for government. During the Depression people didn't have much money to help their community. Most people had radios that were free and they listened to comedy programs and etc. Swing music is what people learned to dance to and they also had their ballrooms and would dance in the hall. Money was very seriously strict but they still made a way to go do adventurous things.

Price Differance

A dozen of eggs was 18 cents in Ohio but now it is almost four dollars. That's a big difference! Things changed alot. For example, gas pricing in 1930 and 1939 was 10 cents a gallo. Now, gas is like $1.50- $2.00 per gallon. In New Jersey, women's dress shoes were $3.45 and now they are $40 and up. Their stoves was different from the ones we have now. They had the ones you had to put wood in it and make a fire for it to work. Then their furniture was maybe kinda like what we got now but ours is made a little bit different and more a lot more expensive. However, the cars they had lord knows they are so much different from what we have now and a lot more expensive. It seems like that everything we have now is more expensive now than it was back then.