All Crime And No Play, Makes Clyde A Dull Boy

According to Blanche Barrow, the gang sat up many nights, until two or three in the morning playing poker.
I'm sure that Dominoes had also played a part in their entertainment, as it too was popular in those days!


In 1933, sales peaked at an astounding 10 million puzzles per week.
Putting together jigsaw puzzles had become a very popular form of entertainment during the 1930s.

In her memoirs, Blanche had related how she spent her idle time doing jigsaw puzzles and how after
losing at poker, Clyde decided to help her with her puzzles. Soon everyone was doing jigsaw puzzles.
After that, everytime anyone went into town or to the drugstore for anything, Clyde asked for more
puzzles. She said that he could hardly leave one until it was finished, day or night. Soon everyone was
working them, everyone except for Buck. He didn't like them. All he got from them was a headache.

Below, are some typical jigsaw puzzles that you would find in the 1930s.


Blanche recalled in her memoirs that she thought that she and Bonnie almost bought out Kress's.
That every time they went to town, they came back with arms loaded with ashtrays, glassware,
small picture frames, and anything else they saw that was pretty or that they wanted or needed.

Blanche said how she and Bonnie had seen some 20 cent cut glass finger rings. She told how they
looked so real, they bought two of them just for fun. She said that she was later told by an officer,
that someone had identified the rings as being "real" diamonds taken from them in a robbery.

Note that although Blanche mentions Kress's store in her memoirs, she may have just
mistaken that store for Kresge's store which was located downtown on Main Street.

You guessed it... the Kresge company was renamed the Kmart Corporation in 1977