|Traffic on Bay Street|
Industry was growing, inflation and wages were up, the good times had returned. There were jobs in the banks and insurance companies. Women were now accepted as part of the workforce and 25% of them had work. Many people had a job and a car, so road congestion became a problem in the bustling city and Driver Licenses were necessary.
|41 Delaney Cr. Parkdale|
The 1920s were also a time of “buy now, pay later” for cars, appliances and homes which caused over expansion and over production subsequently resulting in layoffs. Construction was slowing down too.
The bubble burst when the Wall Street Stock Market crashed in October 1929. It was the beginning of the dirty thirties. It was the Depression and it was hard times for most.
|Scott Mission - soup kitchen|
However for a number of years Harry was well and he was a skilled and experienced brass worker. He made fittings for Standard Bronze Company, a large manufacturer of lighting fixtures and Bess was working as a cleaner. Some of Harry's brass and copper works remain in the family.
The family were thrifty, for example Harry mended their shoes - they were making ends meet.
Generations who lived through those times carried the lessons throughout their life. Bess and Joan practiced “waste not want not” and "try to keep a little money for a rainy day”. They took care of their belongings, repairing them rather than replacing them and they used electricity and heat judiciously for the rest of their lives.
|Martha Jane Blaney|
It also shows that their fares were paid by the British Salvation Army. The charity made passage available to many poor residents of England to give them a fresh start in the colonies.
Taking the train from Quebec to Toronto, they were met at Union Station by Bess and Harry.
|Lewis, Louise, Joan & Yvonne|
|Lewis Joan & Louise|
Life was not so easy for the parents. Bess and her mother had never been close and everyone living in the same house was likely challenging for all of them.