June 1931 Radio-Craft
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
June 1931 was a year and a half
into the Great Depression, which began with the Wall Street crash of October
1929. It followed on the heels of the very prosperous decade known as the "Roaring Twenties,"
when significant, rapid advances in technology had taken place in electronics, medicine,
physics, chemistry, and other fields. A huge number of radios were sold to the military,
businesses, and private consumers both before stock market crash and after. A quick
look at my list of Radio Service Data Sheets from the era show that to be so. In
fact, it wasn't until World War II that production of new radio sets began
to decrease, as all available resources were applied to winning the war rather than
creature comforts. Back to 1931, though. Even with a severe downturn in the economy
and unemployment skyrocketing, a few industries continued to provide relatively
decent opportunities for skilled workers; electronics servicing was one of them.
Although pay levels were not as good as before the Crash, at least there was work
available to electronics technicians who were able to keep equipment functioning.
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