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Catalog Number WF 1561
Caption c. 1939 Marineer Parade - Townsend Club entry
Description The Marineer Parade of 1938 or 1939 included this Townsend Club flatbed truck with a banner reading, "Dr. Townsend and 50,000,000 Townsendites have Wall Street's Goat." For emphasis, a goat rides on the truck. Townsend Club was active on Fidalgo Island during the Depression years. Dr. Francis E. Townsend, namesake of the Townsend Plan, first published in a 1933 newspaper article his idea for supporting America's elderly with a monthly federal pension of $200. A "swift and massive" response from the general public led to the creation of Townsend Clubs across the United States, including Anacortes on the south side of 12th Street at O Avenue, to lobby the government for passage of the pension; the pension was felt to be unfeasible by the government and economic advisors. It is said that Townsend's proposal spurred F. D. Roosevelt to introduce the Social Security system in 1935 to "counter the influence" of Townsend's plan. Disappointed with the provisions of that act, Townsendites continued their crusade through the 1940s and into the 1950s. An improved economy, and the effects of the Social Security Act, finally saw the movement's demise. For other photos of the Townsend Club, see WF 1478, 1559, 1561, 1769. The float is photographed near the Lutheran Church at 21st and O Avenue which was built in 1910; see also WF 1555.
Date 1939 c.
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Event - Marineer Pageant
Place - Anacortes, WA
Event - Parade
Transportation - Land
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Marineers' Pageant
Townsend Club
Townsend Plan
Social Security Act
Object Name Print, Photographic