Depression Era Get-Togethers: Penny-Ante During the Winter Months

Nebraskan remembers playing penny-ante at neighborhood get-togethers during the long, depression-era winters.

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Our neighborhood had a group that got together at the homes for an evening of "penny ante" during the winter months. Uncle John kept track one winter and he came out ahead eight cents.

Lunch was served around 10 o'clock, before all the children got too sleepy. Everyone got a lot of visiting done at those get-togethers.

Dorothy Carmann
Riverdale, Nebraska


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