Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Bronx Is Up 5

Ah, the roaring twenties.  It's hard to believe, but the U.S. was more of a producing country and less a consuming one, before the twentieth century.  And then along came the economic expansion of the 1920s when it seemed that wealth could be had by anyone.  Just invest in the stock market, skim off the money, and if there wasn't the money to invest, buy on margin.

And then it happened.  The great crash of 1929, and the bubble burst.  All the photos in this series predate the crash.  These people had nice clothes, cars, leisure time and a nice place to live.  The only question; Where they among the homeless beggars, standing on street corners asking for a handout, or were they among those who somehow survived the great depression,  unscathed?

The last three are labeled, on the back, "Vernon Ave."  And written on the front, "1926."

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