- Publisher: Gramercy (March 22, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0517123932
- ISBN-13: 978-0517123935
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We Had Everything But Money: Priceless Memories of the Great Depression... Hardcover – March 22, 1995
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The vintage photgraphs scattered throught the book are a very good collection gleaned from the people whose stories are shared as well as old stock photos.
This sort of book is one to be treasured, but one that rarely comes along. Reiman Publications has a series of these books on similar topics (the home front during WWII, motoring memories, women being the backbone of the family, etc.) Buy them ALL and keep them close to home. They will enrich your lives immeasurably.
Some stories were inspiring, others I cried over, and many made me laugh.
One Sunday we wanted to take our new baby to see her grandma, but we didn't have the 25¢ needed to buy a gallon of gas.
We did have hens, though, and 11 eggs. At that time, eggs sold for 25¢ a dozen. So we all got dressed up, and then we sat and waited for one of the hens to lay an egg! Finally one of then cackled, my husband put that egg with the 11 others, we took them to the store and exchanged them for a gallon of gas. Off we went to see Grandma!
It is those great stories that make for a wonderful read of this book. I am inspired by their ingenuity saddened by their losses, and humbled by their courage.
The downside to this book is that it is ONLY 194 pages!
"We Had Everything But Money" is filled with tales of courage, heartbreak, and charity. It is formatted into a series of short, illustrated articles with titles such as "Girls' Secret Club Gave Aid to Needy Families," "I Was a Child of the Dust Bowl," and "Six Months in CCC Provided Lifetime of Pride in Work." Many of the stories are told from a child's perspective, and there are lessons to be learned from almost all of them. One of my favorites (from 1934) is "Menus Show How Woman Fed Family on a Dollar a Day" from a lady who had to provide for a family of eight:
"Day 1--Macaroni with tomato sauce; apples
Day 2--Mutton stew with potatoes; cookies
Day 3--Broiled fish with cream sauce; bread; orange
Day 4--Warmed-over fish on toast; baked sweet potatoes, prunes
Day 5--Hard-boiled eggs scalloped with rice; cabbage; gingerbread
Day 6--Beef hash; string beans; apple pie
Day 7--Thick soup; biscuits; mixed fruit"
My grandmother told me that she was able to serve roast chicken once a week on Sunday, and most other days were meatless.
I can't think of a more timely book to read during today's economic hard times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
lots of information I was looking for. It helped people under stand the depression yearsPublished 5 months ago by Vicki Kuhn
Every American Citizen should buy a copy of this book and read it from front to cover to see how tough things have been but got better. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ArtPro
this is a great read that will help any modern person understand what REAL living is all aboutPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Super interesting and informative portrayal of a somewhat sad period of this country's history. Whether just for the information or for a nostalgic look back, this book is worth... Read morePublished 8 months ago by the bale dude
Delighted with my purchase. The book arrived as described by the Seller and it arrived ahead of schedule. Couldn't be happier.Published 10 months ago by Norman Eng