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"I remember looking through my husband's father – he always kept track of everything that he spent and bought. And we had his book on that for so long. My son has it now. It told about how much he had to spend for gasoline, which was 10-cents a gallon, or something like that. Or kerosene. Or feed. Or anything like that. Those times, I tell you, they were something else. But you know, we was all in the same boat, crying out load. It could have been worse. We're here to talk about it."

Mildred Opitz on a 1930s Balance Sheet

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Other Excerpts from Mildred Opitz's Interview:

Poisoning Grasshoppers
FDR
Spilled Cream
Another Depression?
The Worst Dust Storm
Giving Birth at Home
Keeping a Garden
Kids Growing Up Today
Flour Sacks for Clothes
Erecting Poles for the REA
Getting Lights and a Fridge
Indoor Plumbing
Simple Pleasures
Jazz
Dancing
Dating & Necking
Watermelon Time
Prohitition & Alcohol
Gypsies
The Dirty Thirties