(1/2) No. People were not shorter during the Great Depression. In fact, Americans were the tallest in the world through WWII, until obesity in the US and improved nutrition in other countries became factors. Shirley's height would not have been...
(2/2) attributed to poor nutrition, given that she lived in the tallest population in the world. Historically, the Depression-era focused on good nutrition, as much as p possible. England even published an inexpensive, nutritionally complete diet.
I don’t know, I was just estimating. Obviously I’m not as much of an expert as you must be.
From what I found out, the average height of a woman in 1930 was 5’ 3” and the man was 5’ 8” in the United States. The current adverage height is for women 5’5” is and men 5’10”.
Sorry to bother you with this silliness, but when would you say she reached her adult height? My mother tells me it was in The Blue Bird, but I can't be for sure. I know her full adult height was 5'2" and that's my height. I'm quite young, but quite tall for a kid (I get people telling me I look 17), so I guess her having been that tall as a kid kind of makes me feel a bit better about my height (unless it was a discomfort to her or made her unhappy)?
I think a lot of people were smaller back then, even though she wasn’t one of the poverty-stricken people during the Great Depression, she grew up in that era and so I don’t think many people were as well nourished as they are today, therefore did not grow as tall.
I think that she must have grown taller after The Bluebird, she looks a lot more teenage in Kathleen, so I would judge it on that.