The next two print issues in my collection are from 1937, February and March.
Looking back, we know that the world was soon heading towards another war. Europe was deeply troubled, hovering as it was between two world wars, with much unrest. The Spanish Civil War had begun in 1936, with many non-Spanish citizens participating, including Nazi Germany and Mussolini's Italian forces. It was a precursor to the horrors to come.
In Paris, the Exposition of Decorative Arts and Modern Industry was held, with displays such as the Railway and Air Pavilions showing the latest in modern travel, and the Pavilions of various nations.
|Germany (left) and Russia (right) - pavilions|
Japan invaded China and seized various cities, including Peking, Tietsin, Nanjing, Shanghai and Hangchow.
|Battle of Shanghai 1937|
In the US, the Golden Gate Bridge was completed and opened, having taken four years to build.
The pride of Germany, the Hindenberg, exploded while attempting to hitch to a mooring post in New Jersey. 36 people were killed. The explosion marked the end of the airship era.
Amelia Earhart disappeared in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. There are a number of theories related to the disappearance, some more far-fetched than others, including that she was spying on the Japanese for the US government and that she actually faked the disappearance in order to take on a new identity.
Formerly King Edward VIII (who had abdicated the throne in 1936 to become the Duke of Windsor) married Wallis Simpson in June. After their marriage, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor travelled to Germany (against official British advice), where they met Adolf Hitler.
The coronation of King George VI was held in May. The event was planned to be a show of the might and splendour of the British Empire. The media played an important part in this, as it was the first coronation to be filmed and the first to be broadcast on radio.
The average cost of a new house in the US in 1937 was $4100, which translates to $70,700 in 2017 terms.
The average wage was $1780 per annum - $30,696 in 2017 money.
The average price for a new car was $760, which is approx. $13,000 today.
A loaf of bread cost 9c, being $1.55 now.
Toothpaste was expensive in 1937, a tube costing 35c. This is $6.04 in today's money.
Next week, we will take a look at popular culture in 1937 and look inside those Stitchcraft magazines!