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Sunday, May 31, 2015

In 1940, They Weren't Called Low Income Seniors

Naming people at different stages of life has become the hob-goblin of the lexicon. When do you go from middle-aged to senior citizen or elderly? Apparently, it was a challenge for the Social Security Administration when it was only 5 years old (an older toddler.)
There is a long history of economic security on the government's site if you have the time. I was only interested in the year the current form of Social Security as we know it was established - 1935.
 This pamphlet and a few others I pulled from a box of old papers provide a peek into what the purpose of the program was near its inception. I could't resist mocking how they expressed who the program was for...needy old people.

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