Sunderland In The Roaring Twenties And The Troubled Thirties – 1919 to 1939 by Trevor Thorne
Published 2015, Paperback Edition
As the First World War came to an end the people of Sunderland looked forward to a prosperous peace. However the period between the wars saw the town’s traditional industries suffer a fall in demand, followed by an international depression.
For those in employment it was an era of widening leisure opportunities, including access to an increasing range of consumer goods and improved housing. In comparison there were those who survived by whatever means they could, suffering the Means Test, while living in some of the worst housing conditions in the country.
During this period in Britain there were never less than one million unemployed but at the same time one million new cars appeared on the road.
The immediately recognisable images of the 1920s and 1930s include its distinctive fashions at one end of the scale with images of hunger marches at the other. This book attempts to show in more detail the events that took place on Wearside during this often ignored period of its history.
The book is filled with interesting photographs as well as facts and stories.