Category: Living in the U.S.A.

One source of migrants to southern California



“In January 1939, motorists on highways in the “Bootheel” of southeastern Missouri began reporting a strange sight: thousands of sharecropper families were camped out on the roadside, their meager possessions piled around them, exposed to the wintry cold.

“The families, almost all African-American, had been evicted by the owners of the farms where they had lived. Because sharecroppers were entitled to a portion of the harvest of the fields they worked, the government had recently announced they were also entitled to a direct portion of federal farm subsidies — a distasteful arrangement for the landowners, who had decided they would rather keep the full subsidies and hire day laborers to bring in their crops.”

Eventually the federal government provided a long-term solution for some of the former sharecroppers.

Excerpt and Arthur Rothstein Farm Security Administration photo in the Library of Congress from . Click on the link to learn more about the protest.

One could presume that at least some of these people left Missouri in 1939 to seek a better life in southern California as shown in the following general description of the westward migration:

“As the landscape became uninhabitable and the depression wore on, more than 200,000 refugees from Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri followed Route 66 west to Arizona or California in search of jobs and new homes.”

Excerpt from .


Pedestrian safety zone


Image from Los Angeles Public Library.

Trolley riders, as on this Los Angeles Railway line, had to wait in the street to board the car. Painted areas, sometimes with reflectors, warning lights and/or rubber signs near the ground were intended to guide vehicles away from the pedestrians.

In the background at the center right is a sign showing that Artie Shaw and his orchestra were playing “nitely.”

Jupiter cycle in astrology


For followers of astrology, a Jupiter cycle ended on May 26, 1939. This blogger does not understand it and could not fathom from the link below or other online sources what it means.

Image and text scan from .

A website claims to show the astrological details about the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford, Christina Crawford, who was born in 1939 in Los Angeles:,_Christina . Perhaps someone skilled in the belief could compare the information in the charts to facts about her life. She was the author of several books including Mommie Dearest.

Arguments against belief in astrology can be found here: . It describes a prediction for 1939.