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Dear Johnny,

 

How are you? I know this seems a trivial thing to ask but with this Great Depression and all it is nice to have something kind in your life.  Speaking of kind have you seen the new movies that are coming out? Carl and me went to go see The Wizard of Oz this week. It only cost 5 cents for each of us to get in and we also go some popcorn and other snacks for 5 cents as well.

 

The movie we went to see was pretty good it definitely cheered us up for a bit. If you ever want to go see one I would recommend either the Wizard of Oz or Gone with the Wind both have been made recently and both are in this new format color!! Can you believe it? I didn’t want to believe it until halfway through the Wizard of Oz it turned to color. It is a really cool new invention and I feel it is going to become very popular.

 

Do you still have a job? Carl and me are luckily we both got to keep our jobs. I work as a librarian and nurse. Not very popular jobs but it gets us some money, which we desperately need in these times. Carl is a bartender. It may surprise you but people still have enough money to go out and buy books and beer. We don’t make that much money so most of what we earn goes into our bills or saving up for a later time. But if we both have 5 cents and we need a little pick me up we usually go to a movie.

 

I have seen a ton of new pictures in the news. It seems that new camera’s are making the news a lot better as they are clearer and are able to show things we were not able to see before.  We are planning on buying a new camera soon so that we can take some pictures of our family to show you. Do you have a camera? They are becoming pretty popular now, as many people want to get pictures of their family to either keep or send to others.

 

I hope that you and Cassandra have a lot of pictures to show us. I will be sending you some new pictures of us soon so that you can see how much we have changed. I am hoping to use the camera and then sell it for money someday to get some extra money so that we can buy some things we need like new clothes or some new shoes.

 

The movie theatres are one of the cooler places in town as they are one of the few places that have air conditioning. Lots of people go to see movies just to get out of the heat and spend some time indoors. Many people in our town are working on construction sites, as that is some of the work that men can get.

 

Do you have any new building projects in your town? We have a few like they are building a new library and a few new buildings like schools. We are excited because we are hoping it will give some people some jobs so that they can get enough money to scrape by. Many people are losing their houses due to being in to much debt. We are fortunate because we have already paid for our house so all we have to worry about is having to many bills and having to sell some of our things.

I hope that the people in your town are fairing better than ours. Many are just packing up and leaving for a new life somewhere more profitable. The movies have made the west out to be some grand adventure but I have a feeling that they are just exaggerations and that the people that do leave will be living a life much harder than the one they have here. Many movies have shown us how the world is changing and we are hoping that we will get out of this depression soon so that the people of this country can have a better life than the one many are living at the moment.

 

Please send our love to the people we have forgotten to send letters to. We have been very busy here and have not had much time to write. I am just writing you this letter because you are my brother and you live so far away. I am hoping that we can stay in contact so that we do not become even more distant. Carl says to tell you that he heard that the President is doing something to help people get more money. I am hoping he is right, as many desperately need it.

 

I hope that you will contact me soon.

 

Your loving sister,

 

Alexandra 

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This poster shows a movie that many people went to see in the 1930's.

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Movies today #2

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How the richness of technology led to the poverty of imagination in American film today.
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This site shows how movies have changed over the years. Many movies have lost some sicnificant things like morals.

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The Wizard of Oz - Starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, and Margaret Hamilton Release Date: August 25, 1939
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Historical website #2

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This site has a bunch of famous directors who made movies in the 1930's. Many of them made movies to show how they felt the world was changeing and if it was good or bad for the people living in it. But many of the directors just made movies that they thought others would enjoy watching.

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Vocabulary

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Avant garde- new and unusual or experimental ideas especially in art or the people introduction the art.

Ingeniously- clever original and inventive.

Sardonic- grimly mocking or cynical.

Fluctuated- rise or fall irregularly.

Disseminate- spread or disperse widely.

Adroit-clever or skillful in suing the hands or mind.

Preeminent- surpassing all others very distinguished.

Fastidious- very attentive and concerned about accuracy and detail.

Eclectic- driving ideas style or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

Stubbornness- having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something especially in site of good arguments or reasons to do so.

 

The runway models wore avant-garde styles clothes to show off the designer’s new line.

The child ingeniously took a cookie without his mother seeing.

The sardonic movie director made comments about a rival’s new movie.

The stock market fluctuates daily.

The movie was quick to disseminate around the world as more and more people went to go watch it.

The artist was very adroit creating beautiful sculptures out of art materials.

The politician was very preeminent as he was the most well know person at the meeting.

The teenager was fastidious about cleaning their room to make it presentable for his out of town family.

The scholar was eclectic, as he knew a great deal about things from science to art.

The dog was very stubborn as it tried to stay outside as long as possible.

 

 

 

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Dracula is a 1931 vampire-horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as the title character. The film was produced by Universal and is bas...
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Movie Camera's Today #1

Movie Camera's Today #1 | cinema and movies of the 1930's | Scoop.it
One of the first motion-picture film cameras, was designed by Louis Le Prince in 1888. It still exists with the National Media Museum, England.
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Historical Website #3

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This is a website that shows you links to famous actors of the 1920's and 30's. Many of the actors were also singers or dancers for example Fred Astaire. Many of the actors were in famous movies like the wizard of oz or gone with the wind.

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Historical Website #1

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100 Greatest Movies of the 1930s chosen for their quality direction, script, cinematography, acting, storyline, originality, and success
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This site has a list of the top 100 movies that people were watching in the 1930's. It shows what movies people where watching and what actors and actresses where in it. It shows when the movies where made and how poular they were.

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