The two most common telephones of the 1930s, were the Candlestick and the cradle telephones.
They were usually constructed of "bakelite". The caller would dial a short number exchange, or else
place their call to a switchboard operator, who would then help make the connection between parties.

Bakelite is an early plastic. It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from an
elimination reaction of phenol with formaldehyde, usually with a wood flour filler. Bakelite was
very popular in the 30s. Radios, cameras, jewelry, fountain pens etc., consisted of Bakelite material.

The ever helpful switchboard operator!

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The Typewriter

In the days before computers, emails and text messaging, one would depend on their trusty typewriter.
After loading in a single sheet of paper, the writer would strike the appropriate button keys, which would
then cause the corresponding steel characters to strike an inked ribbon, thus embedding the letters being
typed onto the paper. This was the way in which the desired messages, reports etc., were produced.

The modern day computer keyboard (above) evolved from the good ol' typerwriter

The image (below) is an example of a typewritten document

Movie going was a favorite pasttime for many.

Below are just a few examples of the favorite magazines of the times!