St. John's, ca. 1939.
The struggling country of Newfoundland was hit extremely hard by the Great Depression, which began in 1929.
While many Newfoundlanders found themselves unemployed, others worked for low wages. The political and financial
instability, coupled with social unrest, made for the Dirty '30s. But things were improving
by the 1940s. The Second World War helped to provide Newfoundland with much-needed employment and money,
which improved living conditions and eased many hardships.
Courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador (Gustav Anderson
Collection), St. John's, Newfoundland. From Carmelita McGrath and Kathryn Welbourn, Desperate Measures:
The Great Depression in Newfoundland and Labrador, The Newfoundland and Labrador Adult
Basic Education Social History series, Book 4 (St. John's, Newfoundland: Writers' Alliance of
Newfoundland and Labrador, ©1996) 27.