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United States of America
stamppages : free online postage stamp catalogue : United States of America 1930
|The Great Depression began with the Wall Street Crash in October 1929. The stock market crash marked the beginning of a decade of high unemployment, poverty, low profits, deflation, plunging farm incomes, and lost opportunities for economic growth as well as for personal advancement. Industries that suffered the most included construction, shipping, mining, logging and agriculture (compounded by dust-bowl conditions in the heartland). Also hard hit was the manufacturing of durable goods like automobiles and appliances, whose purchase consumers could postpone. The economy hit bottom in the winter of 1932-33; then came four years of growth until the recession of 1937-38 brought back high levels of unemployment. The Depression caused major political changes in America. Three years into the depression, President Herbert Hoover, widely shamed for not doing enough to combat the crisis, lost the election of 1932 to Franklin Delano Roosevelt by an embarrassingly wide margin. Roosevelt's economic recovery plan, the New Deal, instituted unprecedented programs for relief, recovery and reform, and brought about a major realignment of American politics.|
1932: Porto Rico was renamed Puerto Rico.
1934: Kingman Reef was placed under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of the Navy.
1936: Baker Island, Howland Island, and Jarvis Island were formally annexed and placed under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of the Interior, ending the United Kingdom's claim to Jarvis Island. The U.S. Virgin Islands were organized into a civil territory.
1938 was the starting year for the large President Series. Fun fact: the cents amount corresponded to the number of presidency up to the 25c, even up to the point that a number was skipped because Grover Cleveland was 22nd and 24th president. The half cents were no presidents.