The Letters: Requests for Luxuries
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Families during the Great Depression were hard-pressed to earn enough money for necessities such as food and clothing. Luxuries such as toys, radios, sports equipment, musical instruments, and Christmas presents were hard to come by for children.

Author Request Quote
P.A.C. (female, 5; TN) Shirley Temple doll "Dady cant not buy one."
M.A. (female, 10; WI) Christmas presents "I had wished for Santa to come but my mama said the chimney was blocked & he couldn't come."
C.K. (male, high school; NY) Football shoes "I thought one of your sons may have an old pair of football shoes."
F.M. (male, 13; KS) Radio "I am sick and have nothing to do."