|My Grandmother Gets a Used Car|
My uncle recently gave me a letter my grandmother wrote to her sister in May 1940. This passage about getting a car naturally interested me:
"One of those deals where you pay nothing down, sign no papers, no finance charges, and pay for it when you can. A 1933 Ford with four brand new Goodrich tires. (A friend) arranged it thru one of their distributors who owes them a lot of money and he in turn made a deal with a used car dealer to take over a lot of tires he couldn't use -- so everybody benefits."
My grandmother suffered through a typical 1930s drama. She and her husband were quite well off until he lost all his money in the Depression and succumbed to drink. She was left struggling to make a living for herself and her three children.
"(The car) has been a blessing for the children and me. I was stuck because the man I drive to work with has had to be out of town a lot and although someone would come around to get it was an awful nuisance. You see there is absolutely no transportation out of Romulus. Everybody owns his own car so it didn't pay!"
Somethings never change.
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