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If you had to pick one word to describe the theme in the United States that permeated across 1936, that word would undoubtedly be "innovation." Even though the country was still reeling from the devastating effects of the Great Depression, innovation was happening across the United States.
At the same time, 1934 was also a period of uncertainty (and, some might say, trouble) for the industry - and for the Lumber Code Authority in general. Grade-marking was seen as an incredibly important subject, for example, but it was fully submerged in code difficulties at the time.
One of the most significant communication-related events of the early 20th century happened in March of 1933, although nobody at the time would have had any way of knowing that quite yet. It was then that President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as a result of the Great Depression, addressed the nation for the first time during one of his famous "Fireside Chats." Just a few days later, on March 15, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose from 53.84 to 62.10. Despite the fact that the country was still in the throes of the Depression itself, this gain of 15.34% still marks the largest single-day percentage gain for the index in its history.
In 1932, the country was still battling the impact of the Great Depression - and this was particularly evident across the lumber industry. These depressed economic conditions - coupled with the efforts of certain types of middlemen to create grade substitution opportunities and to evade quality and grade-marked lumber use - gave way to a series of dramatic changes in specifications and regulations in federal purchasing departments, state highway departments and other offices writing inquiries for lumber.
Big things were happening across the lumber industry in 1930, too. It was then that the Southern Pine Association met jointly with the retail branches of the lumber industry in an effort to lay the groundwork for big, big things that were to come over the course of the decade