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Bing Crosby

The Bing-man did not necessarily role-play the working class Joe every day of the week.

Bread line fashion

On the other hand, it seems that the look of the average American man was quite a bit more hat- and suit-wearing way back then, making Bing's suave look perhaps a bit more "average" than it would be today.

"There's No Way Like the American Way"

This depressing, ironic picture of Americans in a bread line brings the song's bitter point home.

Depression photos

The bread line pictures and crowded urban images are troubling. But some of the harshest scenes from the 1930s were captured in more rural places, where people were literally starving to death.

Recession-era food line

America still has food lines.

Recession-era unemployment line

We may have still have cell phones during this economic downturn, but that's only because we're locked into our contracts.

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