Brave or foolhardy is all in the perspective. Was it madness to think of starting a business during the Great Depression of the 1930s or was it genius?
- No one told Yellow Book USA that The Great Depression was the right time to start the Yellow Pages. More likely they were about creating something that fulfilled a need of people to save money by comparison-shopping rather than wasting gas driving.
- During The Depression three cranberry companies found success by merging together into Ocean Spray Cranberries in order to make better tasting cranberry sauce affordable to people who were pinching pennies.
- Hewlett-Packard was founded in 1939 in a one-car garage at the end of The Great Depression. That means Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard were getting their degrees; taking the action of educating themselves during the heart of The Depression that lasted from 1929 to 1939.
Photo: The Original HP Garage Workshop taken by Bill Slawski 2007 flickr.com The original equipment housed within the garage accompanied Hewlett and Packard to their second location, but much of the equipment in the garage was from the time period, including actual documentation from HPs early days and some photos. Restoration under federal guidelines meant that at least 80% of the building was original.