Houston Lifestyles & Homes November 2009
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It is 2009 in Houston and the first decade of the new millennium is nearly over. New Year resolutions have been replaced by the worries of an extended recession or perhaps another depression. While the news media is fixated on reporting the doom side of the economy. I am, however, determined to show the positive side of how Houstonians coped with the Great Depression.
Although times were hard for Houstonians who were broke and down on their luck, prohibition was definitely not the Texas way for those who needed alcohol to escape the reality of their lives. Hundreds of whisky stills confiscated in 1928 proved that
refreshing home brewed alcoholic beverages were plentiful.
The Houston Buffaloes and the visiting New York Yankees entertained baseball fans and provided a temporary escape from the economic blues. Hits from Hollywood would keep movie theaters like the Majestic and Metropolitan filled with smiling patrons.
The widespread introduction of air conditioning in Houston occurred during the 1920s and ’30s. This new technology would, at the very least, ease the physical discomfort of this trying period. Times were hard but life went on. Houston was growing back then in spite of economic difficulties and shows no sign of stopping now. l
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The widespread introduction of air conditioning in Houston occurred during the 1920s and ‘30s. This new technology would, at the very least, ease the physical discomfort of this trying period.
(clockwise starting upper left) Cox and Blackburn Frigidaire distributor group photo 1929 Houston Buffaloes at Buff Stadium 1928  Whisky stills in front of the Harris County Courthouse 1928 Majestic Theater “Girl Crazy” 1932
Photos and historical facts courtesy of Story Sloane’s Gallery - www.sloanegallery.com
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