Category: 1930’s Trends


Eight Pager Comics

Eight-pager comics, also known as Tijuana bibles, were pornographic comic books that were very popular in the United States during the 1930’s. Created as 8-panel comic strips in a wallet size 3 by 4 inch format, printed on heavy colored stock, and running eight pages long, the subjects ranged from well-known comic strip characters, popular movie stars, to prominent political figures and often contained ethnic stereotypes.


Send a Dime Chain Letter (1930’s)

In the spring of 1935, the United States was caught up in a chain letter frenzy. The chain letter craze clogged up postal offices nearly shutting down operations in several locations. Denver restaurant owner A. McVittle received 2,363 copies of the letter in just two days – April 26 and April 27. Public officials were enraged and vowed to catch the originator of the chain letter scheme and prosecute them in federal court.


The Monopoly Board Game (1930’s)

It was 1934, the height of the Great Depression, when Charles B. Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania, took what he called the MONOPOLY game to the executives at Parker Brothers. They soundly rejected the game due to “52 design errors”. The game’s exciting promise of fame and fortune inspired him to produce the game on his own. People loved the game that would eventually become the highest selling board game in history, even though the “legend” of its invention would soon be proven as false.


Zoot Suits (1930’s)

A zoot suit, or zuit suit, has high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed, pegged trousers, and a long knee-length coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders. It was popularized in the 1930’s but its extravagant nature triggered World War II riots known as the Zoot Suit Riots.