In researching the premiere of “Nagana” and brief career of Tala Birell, I stumbled across a series of stories from 1933 that was worth a closer look. Are things tough today? To be sure. But here’s what our grandparents (or great-grandparents) had to deal with:
On March 1, 1933, California Gov. James Rolph declared a bank holiday that was supposed to last three days but didn’t end until newly inaugurated President Roosevelt reopened the nation’s banks on March 11. Just in time for the Long Beach earthquake.
The Times published series of cartoons by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale and a long editorial urging readers to remain calm and that all would be well. The bank holiday was, at worst, a temporary inconvenience, The Times said.