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Catalog Number WF 1770
Caption Townsend Club "Kitchen Group"
Description This group of approximately twenty men and women are discussing issues of the Townsend Club in their Anacortes Kitchen Group. Also see WF 1769. The 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. Also see WF 1478, 1559, 1650, 1561.
Date 1930s c. late
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place -Anacortes, WA
People
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Townsend Club
Kitchen Group
pension
Social Security
Object Name Negative