Existing Businesses Started During The Great Depression

In spite of the great depression which started in 1929 and lasted through 1940, many businesses were started during this period of our history. Many still exist and prosper to this day. Following is a partial list of those firms. If they can do it, others can succeed in today's economic climate:


1929General Foods1936Bob's Big Boy
Standard BrandsSmithfield Foods
Sony MusicStater Brothers
Walt Disney Pictures
1930Duracell1937Colonial Life
Fisher-PriceEarl Scheib
Hostess BrandsKrispy Kreme
Westin HotelsMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Osco Drug
1931AllstatePepperidge Farm
BridgestonePolaroid Corporation
Clifton's CafeteriaPolaroid Eyewear
PorscheProgressive Casualty Insurance
SwissairPutnam Investments
Ray Ban
1932Advance Auto PartsRed Lion Hotels
Ethan Allen FurnitureRitz-Carlton Hotel Company
PlaytexRobert Hall
ZippoSheraton Hotels and Resorts
1933E & J Gallo WineryT. Rowe Price
Nissan Motors
North American Van Lines1938Du-par's
RubbermaidLongs Drugs
Warner Bros. Cartoons
1934Latham & Watkins1939Foster Farms
Steak 'n ShakeHewlett Packard
United AirlinesPeterbuilt
Walt Disney StudiosSara Lee Corporation
Wescom CreditTravelodge
Warburg Pincus
1935Bank of Canada1940Day-Timer
FujitsuDairy Queen
General Nutrition CentersHasbro
Kitchens of Sara LeeMcDonald's
Penguin BooksSega
Raley's Supermarkets
Republic Pictures
Tyson Foods