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Catalog Number 68.132.1
Object Name membership card
Scope & Content membership card

CREATOR:Townsend Club

REMARKS:Membership card issued to Mrs. C.W. Hess, for 1935 membership in the Roseburg local chapter of the Townsend Club. Townsend Clubs were a national movement in the middle 1930's, caused in part by the economic impact of the Great Depression of 1929. Named for a California physician who developed the Townsend Plan, the objective of Townsend Clubs was to encourage adoption of a national system to pay older individuals a retirement pension and create vacancies to employ younger people. Although the Townsend Plan was never adopted in its intended form, it did affect public debate. The Social Security system was adopted in the mid-1930's as a system of old-age pensions paid by taxes on workers.
Creator Townsend Club
Title Townsend Club Membership Card for Mrs. C.W. Hess
Accession number 68.132