Business Formations - Business Dissolutions


Existing Businesses Started During

The Great Depression


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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:

1929 General Foods 1936 Bob's Big Boy
  Gruman   GEICO
  Macy's   Ricoh
  Standard Brands   Smithfield Foods
  Sony Music   Stater Brothers
  Walt Disney Pictures    
    1937 Colonial Life
1930 Duracell   Earl Scheib
  Fisher - Price   Krispy Kreme
  Hostess Brands   Metro - Goldwyn - Mayer
  Westin Hotels   Osco Drug
      Pepperidge Farm
      Polaroid Corporation
1931 Allstate   Polaroid Eyewear
  Bridgestone   Progressive Casualty Insurance
  Clifton's Cafeteria   Putnam Investments
  Porsche   Ray Ban
  Swissair   Red Lion Hotels
      Ritz - Carlton Hotel Company
      Robert Hall
1932 Advance Auto Parts   Saab
  Ethan Allen Furniture   Sheraton Hotels and Resorts
  Playtex   Stuckey's
  Revlon   T. Rowe Price
  Zippo   Volkswagen
1933 E & J Gallo Winery 1938 Du - par's
  Lacoste   Longs Drugs
  Nissan Motors   Samsung
  North American Van Lines    
  Ryder 1939 Foster Farms
  Warner Bros. Cartoons   Hewlett Packard
      Sara Lee Corporation
1934 Latham & Watkins   Travelodge
  Steak 'n Shake   Warburg Pincus
  United Airlines    
  Walt Disney Studios    
  Wescom Credit 1940 Day - Timer
      Dairy Queen
1935 Bank of Canada   McDonald's
  Fujitsu   Sega
  General Nutrition Centers    
  Kitchens of Sara Lee    
  Penguin Books    
  Raley's Supermarkets    
  Republic Pictures    
  Tyson Foods