Life and Times « Michael Byers

The end of the 1920s and the beginning of the 1930s was a rich and strange time in American history. Coming as it did five months after the stock market crash of October 1929, the discovery of Planet X prompted an outpouring of joy and excitement. Hundreds of Americans wrote to Lowell Observatory, offering their suggestions for what the new world should be named.

The era was also known for its bold adventurers (the round-the-world zeppelin record was set in 1929), innovative music, and explosive cultural change.