Delaware March 09, 2019
These 9 Candid Photos Show What Life Was Like In Delaware In The 1930s
Delaware’s history is full of highs and lows, and each decade has brought widespread change to the First State. In the 1930s, Delawareans coped with the effects of the Great Depression while trying to balance coastal life and New Deal opportunities. Take a look at these vintage Delaware photos to see just what life was like almost a century ago.
1. In the 1930s, the New Deal brought new state recreation areas to Delaware. This is Strawberry Point at the Assawoman Bay.
2. Trap Pond got a bit of a makeover, too! This pavilion was the perfect place to gather after a day of boating.
3. Despite economic turmoil, Delawareans still spent their time at the beach. Bayside cottages and oceanside homes were packed with those seeking relaxation on the water.
4. Little Creek has always been a fishing village, and you can see what the center of town looked like below.
5. Sailors left their troubles at port for a day out of the bay, and fishing charters brought recreation to those looking to cast into deeper waters.
6. In Dover, the Green remained a central place to gather.
7. Legislators in the historic buildings around town worked to support FDR's New Deal programs that brought relief to Americans.
8. Did you know there was a small airport in Dover? Today, you won't find any trace of this old airfield.
9. Throughout history, Delawareans have proven to be resilient and kind, and we made it through the Great Depression by collaborating and helping each other.
For more peeks into Delaware history, read
There’s Something Special About These 10 Delaware Farms From The Past.