Random Notes – The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s

I picked up a copy of this book from a little free library in North St. Paul a few months ago and have finally started reading through it. Here are a few notes I’ve highlighted so far:

  • In 1929 the United States generated more electric power than all other countries in the world combined.
  • Henry Ford opened the Edison Institute and Greenfield model village, including a reconstruction of Menlo Park so faithful that even the dirt on the ground was authentic – to Edisons amazement, Ford had imported seven truckloads of clay from New Jersey.
  • Writing about the Empire State building built right at the beginning of the depression – One Dartmouth honours graduate was delighted to secure a job of flushing all its unused lavatories every day to prevent chemicals in the water from marring the porcelain finish.

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