Following the stock market crash of 1929, many people lost their jobs. This affected many Alabamians, except for those working on farms. Because of the terrible economy, most of the houses built during the 1930s were constructed solely for function. They only included as many bedrooms as necessary, a single bathroom and limited storage.
Listed below are 12 houses in Alabama from the 1930s. You’ll notice they’re all quite different in appearance.
1. Floyd Burroughs - Cotton Sharecropper
Home of Floyd Burroughs - Hale County, 1935
Part of Floyd Burroughs' Cabin
During the mid 1930s, Floyd Burroughs and his family lived in this simple cabin. Some would even refer to it as a shack. The rooms were small and furniture was very minimal.
2. Bud Fields - Cotton Sharecropper
Home of Bud Fields - Hale County, 1935
Corner of Bud Fields' Kitchen
Bud Fields had a wood burning stove inside his kitchen. This appliance helped keep him and his family well fed, in addition to keeping them all warm during the cold winter months.
3. Frank Tengle - Cotton Sharecropper
Prayer Meeting House on Frank Tengle's Farm - Hale County, 1935
Fireplace inside Frank Tengles' Home
Frank Tengle used this fireplace to keep his family warm on cold nights. Not every house had a fireplace during this time, so this was considered a luxury.
4. Alabama Miners' Houses - Birmingham, 1935
Following a hard day of work, a miner would walk to his small house, which was grouped together with the houses of other miners. These miners worked together and lived next to each together.
5. Steelmill Workers' Houses - Birmingham, 1935
Just like miners, these steelmill workers in Birmingham all worked together and lived next to each other.
6. 5-Room House & Family at the Palmerdale Homesteads - Birmingham, 1936
This 5-room house was really nice considering the economic depression the country was going through.
7. A Beautiful Farmhouse - Dallas County, 1937
This farmhouse was really nice compared to many houses during this time. The family living here was obviously pretty well off financially.
8. A Miner's Home - Brookside, 1937
This is the type of house most miners lived in during the Great Depression.
9. Home of C.L. Eargle - Fairfield, 1937
This is just a simple house in Fairfield that was filled with lots of love and delicious home-cooked meals.
10. The Howard Family moving into their new home in Gardendale - 1937.
I bet the Howard Family is super excited to be moving into such a lovely new home.
11. Andy Smith's Home at Greenwood Homesteads - 1937
Andy Smith and wife inside living room - 1937.
This home appears to be really cozy. Don't you agree?
12. Gorgeous Home in Mobile - 1937
How GORGEOUS is this home??? This is just one example of the many exquisite homes in the Mobile area during the 1930s.
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