Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Homebody of South Dakota can be found on page 10.
January introduced 1934 in a rather benign manner. Internationally, a non-aggression treaty between Germany and Poland eased fears of war. Relations between Germany and the United States, though not friendly, where at least warm. Flattering comparisons between FDR and Hitler where not unheard of.
“Two statesmen, who between them run a large part of the world, both are self made. Roosevelt made himself by conquering an infirmity of the body, Hitler by conquering the infirmity of the German people.” (source) Interestingly enough, Germany would break the non-aggression treaty within five years, and FDR would declare war on Germany withing eight years. He would not survive to see the end of WW2. But for now, in 1934, the world was largely at peace.
The US and Europe was in a rush over the first "verified" sighting of the Loch Ness Monster when this iconic picture was published in London's Daily Mail. Unfortunately the Daily Mail later confirmed the image to be a hoax; Nessy was nothing more than a cut out head mounted on a toy submarine. Despite the forgery belief in Nessy persisted, she was first reported in the fifth century after all and sighting continue to this day. Scotland's Sectratary of State even issued Nessy with an order of protection from hunting and poaching.
In America, the legends of the gangster folk hero, both loved and feared by the public, would soon come to an end. Alcatraz was declared a federal prison, John Dillinger survived a shoot out in a Chicago bank thanks to a bullet proof vest, and Bonnie and Clyde only had another five months left to live.
On a whole things were starting to look up in America. The unemployment rate fell to only 22% and the average American annual salary had risen to just over $1,300. That's less than my mortgage payment, I can only imagine what consumer prices were like!
For some reason this block took me forever and a day to complete and I still haven't quite figured out why. The kids where watching a movie and Handsomepants was hiding in his mancave (aka the basement), so it's not like I was constantly interrupted. I just couldn't concentrate on quilting which is weird. I usually go on quilting binges for a few days at a time, but I just had a hard time with Dinah for some reason.
A1 (4) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 B1 (4) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 C1 (2) 2 3/4 x 2 3/4
A2 (2) 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 B2 (8) template C2 (2) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2
A3 (4) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 B3 (16) template