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...and the milkman came to the house to pick up the empty glass bottles and leave full ones.
The Earth without art is just "Eh".
I remember many of these. We used to take the large spools for thread (once empty), hammer in 4 nails, and make a knitted tube from that. Now instead of using this freebe, you buy a plastic spool with tabs on it to do the same thing. Or, buy some newly made wooden spools, and add nails.
Speaking of thread -- I don't know how much the thread cost at the time, but my grandmother's job as a child was to carefully remove the basting threads from garments her aunt (a paid seamstress) was making. The point was that the basting thread was re-used. Grandma was born in 1886. I imagine she probably had to do that again later on during the depression to conserve thread.