Can't say much for some of the replies on the subject at hand.
As for making it during hard times here is a little bit of my life story.
Although "We" didn't see it as hard times.
First of all I was born in Atlanta Ga. on Dec 5 1941. Of course we had electricity in the city.
Before my second birthday in 1942 we moved 60 miles east of Atlanta to a farm. No electricity.
We had an electric wringer type washer, my farther removed the electric moter and it was replaced with a 2&1/2 horse Briggs&Straton gas engine.
It was another 6 years before REA made it to our area. We had a chest type ice box with the sliding lids on top and the ice man came around twice a week. we had a milk cow for milk, butter and butter milk,chickens for for eggs and drum sticks and the rest. Raised our own beef and pork. Wheat for flour and corn for corn meal and live stock feed. Picked out own cotton. cooked with wood stove and heated with a fire place.
My poor Mother didn't get her electric stove for a long-long time. Had to prop the oven door shut with a sawmill slat. She and a couple of the older sisters would help her can in the summer time, over 100 jars of food. I'm not talking half pints and pints, these were nothing smaller than quarts up to one gallon.
There were 5 boys and six girls and 9 are still living. we have lost 2 Brothers.
By the way, the battery for the radio lasted about 6 Months and was larger than the average car battery.
Some people have a house payment that is more than my total income. Now that is really living, till they have to give it up.