Palmolive Soap Ad, Listerine mouthwash Ad, and Gillette Razor Ad from the 1930s
The emergence of the washroom meant the opportunity to bring out all sorts of products to sell to proud washroom owners. Things like soap for washing, mouthwash for freshened breath, and a nice razor for a close shave were luxuries of the 1930s. Of course, with the state of things as such in the novel Grapes of Wrath (depression era problems), some of these items were difficult to come by. People could hardly afford to feed themselves sometimes. Images of moments like this where a family was gratefully enjoying these luxuries was rare for the rural farmworkers/Okie migrants of the thirties. But it was still something to strive for with the jobs the workers gained. Imagery and advertisements like this inspired hope and possibilities for the tired migrants.