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big depression of the 1930's, people looked desperately for inexpensive
leisure pursuits, as their spendable income decreased dramatically. Parlor
and board games, as well as stamp collecting became popular hobbies. When
Parker Brothers introduced the game of Monopoly in 1935, 20,000 sets were
sold in one week. Additionally, interest in spectator sports, such as
baseball, grew making stars of players like Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.
Ironically, during this time of economic
hardship, gambling also increased dramatically, as
people sought any means to add
to their income. In
this decade alone 15 states legalized horse racing.
Though the vast majority of the nation was
having a hard time making ends meet, the tuxedoed man above plays a
gentleman's man of
like he had not a care in the world.
Faro or "Bucking
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