It was just as the country was entering into the Roaring Twenties, that Lucia and her father moved the family from New York to Pennsylvania. They settled in the little town of Beaver Falls, where Lucia’s father died in 1923. Lucia then moved her family to Carnegie where they lived out the rest of the 1920s.
Those years of the Roaring Twenties had been a time of great economic growth and widespread prosperity. Mass production made technology more affordable to the middle-class allowing for rapid growth in consumer goods such as automobiles.
Watching a movie was cheap and accessible; crowds surged into new downtown movie palaces and neighborhood theatres, with even greater marvels like sound appearing at the end of the decade. Victorian fashion gave way to the “flapper” trend with young women donning slinky knee-length dresses and chin-length hair bobs. Even cosmetics, which formerly had been associated only with prostitutes, became popular.
More and more cities were being added to the electric grid; women were granted the right to vote; and the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol, was added to the Constitution in an attempt to alleviate rising social problems.
The Roaring Twenties were a time of tremendous change and great prosperity, but the era came to a bitter end with the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Hard times were approaching. The fun and games of the 20s quickly changed to a new era that would come to be known as The Great Depression. The 1930s saw devastating effects in virtually every country around the world. Incomes dropped and unemployment rose. Some middle-class families managed to hold onto their homes by taking in boarders, bartering, and stretching every available dollar, but everywhere you looked people were hurting.
And to add to the discouragement of a young man’s dreams, Angelo lost his mother suddenly in February 1935, just before the birth of his second daughter. Angelo had been very close to his mother and her death hit him hard.