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The Depression of the 1930s

Benefits of the Depression

Some people (especially in the south of England) become more affluent during the Depression:

  • Prices fell in the Depression, which meant more money for luxuries.
  • Hire-purchase allowed people to get luxuries 'on the never-never'.
  • Family size fell, which meant more money for luxuries.
  • Improvements at work such as reduction in working hours, holidays with pay.
  • Holidays (at the seaside).
  • Three million new houses were built in the 1930s.
  • There was a 1200 per cent increase in homes with electricity.
  • Huge increase in car ownership.
  • Vacuum cleaners and washing machines.
  • Radios and the first TVs.
  • Better leisure such as cinema, dance halls, swimming baths and football matches.
  • A better diet. Free school milk was introduced after 1934
  • Better health, which meant people were taller, fitter and heavier.

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