|My mother's favorite movie|
So, it's not surprising that movies play a large roll in the special exhibit 1939, now on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
|If I only had a brain|
As would be expected, there is a display case devoted to the 1939 World's Fair and a wall explaining the Depression and the WPA, the government's reaction to correcting the poverty plaguing millions of Americans.
|Faces of the Depression|
If you would like to check out the special exhibition, you have about a month to do so. It will be closing on Oct. 21.
Tales, Tidbits, and Tips
Although I was born 13 years after 1939, at least one remnant of the Depression helped shape my childhood. During the Depression years, frugality was the order of the day, so my grandmother Daisy (for whom I was named) came up with an inexpensive between-meals snack which she called Pep. And what was this Pep you ask? It consisted of one piece of white bread, smothered with butter and then covered completely with sugar. When I was little, my Nana Daisy would never fail to feed me my Pep when I stayed with her. And while nutritionists today would cringe at the concoction, they might change their tune when they learn about the most special ingredient in Nana Daisy's Pep. She always served it with a large helping of love.