The Great Depression: Newspaper headlines from the 1929 stock market crash

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While the newspapers reported on the stock market crash on October 29 and October 30, 1929, it’s clear that they didn’t know what was in store for them. (Some of the papers downplayed the events, and even showed outright optimism.)

Ultimately, the Great Depression hit the country hard, and its effects were felt for many years.

The Great Depression began in 1929 when, in a period of ten weeks, stocks on the New York Stock Exchange lost 50 percent of their value. As stocks continued to fall during the early 1930s, businesses failed, and unemployment rose dramatically.

By 1932, one of every four workers was unemployed. Banks failed and life savings were lost, leaving many Americans destitute. With no job and no savings, thousands of Americans lost their homes.

The poor congregated in cardboard shacks in so-called Hoovervilles on the edges of cities across the nation; hundreds of thousands of the unemployed roamed the country on foot and in boxcars in futile search of jobs. Although few starved, hunger and malnutrition affected many. – The Library of Congress

So what were media outlets reporting at the time? Here’s a look back at some of the front page newspaper headlines reporting the ups and downs that heralded the beginning of the historic stock market crash.

Start of the Great Depression: Newspapers from October 29, 1929

Brisk Rally Trails Market Crash

The Eugene Guard (Oregon)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Brisk Rally Trails Market Crash


Stocks Lose 10 Billion in Day

The Klamath News (Klamath Falls, Oregon)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Stocks Lose 10 Billion in Day


Great Depression newspaper headlines: Selling Swamps Stock Market

The Index-Journal (South Carolina)

Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Selling Swamps Stock Market


Stocks Sink Despite Banks; Rally

Brooklyn Daily Eagle (New York)

Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Stocks Sink Despite Banks; Rally


Stock Prices Rally Sharply

El Paso Herald (Texas)

Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Stock Prices Rally Sharply


Bankers Act on Stock Crash

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune (Minnesota)

Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Bankers Act on Stock Crash


Prices Again Collapse on Stock Market

Wilkes-Barre Record (Pennsylvania)

Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Prices Again Collapse on Stock Market


Trans-America Price Crashes

San Mateo Times (California)

Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Trans-America Price Crashes


Stocks Shrink 10 Billions

Great Depression newspaper headlines from The Des Moines Register (Iowa)

Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Stocks Shrink 10 Billions


Stocks Crash Again in 16,410,030-Share Day

The St Louis Star (Missouri)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Stocks Crash Again in 16,410,030-Share Day


Bankers Stop Stock Crash

Great Depression newspaper headlines in the Binghamton Press (New York)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Bankers Stop Stock Crash


Stock Prices Collapse Again

The Muncie Morning Star (Indiana)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Stock Prices Collapse Again


Market Losses Reach New Level

Harrisburg Telegraph (Pennsylvania)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Market Losses Reach New Level


Start of the Great Depression: Newspapers from October 30, 1929

Prices Go Up on Market Rally

Harrisburg Telegraph (Pennsylvania)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Prices Go Up on Market Rally


Wall St. Business Better

Green Bay Press Gazette (Wisconsin)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Wall St. Business Better

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Stock Slump Ends in Rally

Chicago Daily Tribune (Illinois)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Stock Slump Ends in Rally


Buying Halts Stock Collapse

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune (Minnesota)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Buying Halts Stock Collapse


Eleventh Hour Rally Checks Stock Crisis; Huge Losses Reduced

Detroit Free Press (Michigan)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Eleventh Hour Rally Checks Stock Crisis; Huge Losses Reduced


Frantic Stampede on Market Checked

Wilkes-Barre Record (Pennsylvania)

Frantic Stampede on Market Checked


Stock Market to Close Friday and Saturday

St Louis Star (Missouri)

Stock Market to Close Friday and Saturday


Stock Market Declares Recess

Great Depression newspaper headlines from The Springfield Leader (Illinois)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Stock Market Declares Recess


Stocks Continue to Make Recovery

Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 -


Buying Wave Forces Stocks Higher

Muncie Evening Press

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 -


Stock Market in Severe Collapse

Great Falls Tribune (Montana)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 -


Stocks Higher in Broad Rally

Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Stocks Higher in Broad Rally


Bankers Promise Support to Save Market

Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Bankers Promise Support to Save Market


Leading Stock Prices Rally

Mason City Globe-Gazette

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 -


Rockefeller Saves Market

Carbondale Free Press (Illinois)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Rockefeller Saves Market


Market Bottom Reached

Daily News Standard (Uniontown, PA)

The Great Depression Newspaper headlines from 1929 - Market Bottom Reached


Stocks Off 10 Billions More

Great Depression newspaper headlines published in The Des Moines Register (Iowa)

Stocks Off 10 Billions More - Great Depression headlines from 1929

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