|Mother photographing her son in the snow in Switzerland, 1930 |
Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt from LIFE Photo Archive
Now I know I'm talking about the Great Depression here with 1930 and all, but I don't want to focus on the negative and instead I'd like to take a look back at positive things that happened in 1930, because amongst tragedy, you can usually find some beauty.
- In Los Angeles the Blakely Bros. (an interior decorating and painting contractor) took discarded toys and furniture items, restored them and then distributed them to needy families for Christmas.
- The first heat sealed tea bag (resembling more of a pouch) was invented by William Hermanson of the Technical Papers Corporation of Boston, he sold the patent to the Salada Tea Company in 1930.
- The planet Pluto was discovered.
- Cellophane or "sticky tape" was invented by Dick Drew, a 3M researcher.
- Did you know you could buy a parade? Well apparently you can. In the early 1930's D. Earl Comb bought a Christmas parade, including all of the props, animals and costumes for a hefty $1,800 dollars. He then exhibited the parade throughout the Midwest and Southeast of the United States.
- The first analog computer, called a differential analyzer, was invented by Harold Locke Hazen and Vannevar Bush at MIT.
- Sinclair Lewis won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his novel Babbitt (1922). He was the first American to win this prize.
- The first jet engine patent was submitted for approval by Air Commodore, Sir Frank Whittle.
- The first ever World Cup was held in Uruguay in July of 1930 and Uruguay won.