Decade - 1940s

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World War 2
Decade - 1940s

What was life like in World War 2 in fashion music culture art etc?

If you really want to see what the fashions and music and art were like I suggest you watch the movies made during the wartime. There are probably a hundred movies you could see. There are books in the Library too. Hair was curled in curlers and worn curly and wavy. Straight hair on women was curled but the young girls had their hair braided. Some of the women braided their hair too. Many women had short, wavy or curly hair. The men had the hairstyle with the left hand part and it would be consider cut close to the head. Men wore suits, women wore dresses and no pants unless doing manufacturing for the war effort. Kids: The girls wore dresses and sometimes pants or shorts. Boys wore striped tee shirts or button down shirts with blue jeans and sneakers. The girls wore Mary Jane dress shoes or sneakers. Music was the swing band style music like Tommy Dorsey did. Women wore aprons over their dresses when they worked in the house. Some wore them from the time they got up until they changed into nightgowns or flannel pajamas. Many people fashioned themselves after the Hollywood stars.

World War 2
US in WW2
Decade - 1940s

How many Americans fought in World War 2?

Here are three different answers: * Approximately 16 million men and women served in the US Military during WW 2. * 11 million. Out of them, 7 million were sent to the army. 671,485 U.S. Soldiers were wounded and 450,670 U.S. soldiers died. * TOTAL NUMBER IN UNITED STATES FORCES DURING WW2 ARMY: 8,300,000 NAVY: 4,204,662 MARINES: 599,693 GRAND TOTAL: 13,104,355 TOTAL US CASUALTIES: ARMY: KILLED IN ACTION: 223,215 WOUNDED: 571,679 MISSING: 12,752 TOTAL ARMY CASULITES: 807,646 NAVY: KILLED IN ACTION: 34,702 DIED OF WOUNDS: 1,783 OTHER DEATHS: 26,793 TOTAL NAVY DEATHS: 63,278 WOUNDED: 33,670 MISSING: 28 TOTAL NAVY CASUALTIES: 96,976 MARINES KILLED IN ACTION: 15,460 DIED OF WOUNDS: 3,163 OTHER DEATHS: 5,863 TOTAL MARINE DEATHS: 24,486 WOUNDED: 67,134 TOTAL MARINE CAUALTIES: 91,620 GRAND TOTAL KILLED IN ACTION IN ARMY, NAVY, MARINES 273,377 DIED OF WOUNDS LATER: 4,946 OTHER DEATHS: 32,656 TOTAL DEATHS: 310,979 MISSING: 12,780 WOUNDED: 672,483 GRAND TOTAL CASUALTIES IN ARMY, NAVY, MARINES: 996,242 (AIR FORCES ARE INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE BRANCHES. US COAST Guard HAD 172,952 MEN ENGAGED, 1,917 DEATHS OF WHICH 572 WERE KILLED IN ACTION.) THIS DATA IS FROM MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK "THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF WWII" ARMED SERVICES MEMORIAL EDITION, CO. 1945 1948 16,354,000 men & women served in the U.S. Armed Forces during WW 2. This number includes members of the Army, Army Air Corps, Navy & Marines. Richard V. Horrell WW 2 TOTAL NUMBER IN UNITED STATES FORCES DURING WW2 ARMY:8,300,000 NAVY:4,204,662 MARINES: 599,693. GRAND TOTAL 13,104,355 TOTAL US CASUALTIES:ARMY: 223,215 KILLED IN ACTION;WOUNDED 571,679;MISSING 12,752;TOTAL ARMY CASULITES 807,646. NAVY; KILLED IN ACTION 34,702; DIED OF WOUNDS 1,783; OTHER DEATHS 26,793; TOTAL NAVY DEATHS 63,278;WOUNDED 33,670 MISSING 28; TOTAL NAVY CASUALTIES 96,976. MARINES; KILLED IN ACTION 15,460 DIED OF WOUNDS 3,163; OTHER DEATHS 5,863; TOTAL MARINE DEATHS 24,486; WOUNDED 67,134; TOTAL MARINE CAUALTIES 91,620.GRAND TOTAL KILLED IN ACTION IN ARMY NAVY MARINES 273,377.DIED OF WOUNDS LATER 4,946;OTHER DEATHS 32,656; TOTAL DEATHS 310,979. MISSING 12,780; WOUNDED 672,483; GRAND TOTAL CASUALTIES IN ARMY,NAVY,MARINES, 996,242.(AIR FORCES ARE INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE BRANCHES. US COAST GUARD HAD 172,952 MEN ENGAUGED,1,917 DEATHS OF WHICH 572 WERE KILLED IN ACTION.) THIS DATA IS FROM MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK "THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF WWII" ARMED SERVICES MEMORIAL EDITION......CO.1945 1948 HOPE THIS HELPS YOU.... Aproximately 4 million Service men in the Navy Army and Air Force. 16 million men & women served in the US Military during WW 2.

Decade - 1940s

What was the Average household income in 1949?


US in WW2
Decade - 1940s

What were boarding schools in the 1940s US like?

They were tough.

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World War 1
Decade - 1940s

What wars or major events happened directly after World War 2?

Answeryou could say that Germany and japan started to become the most globalized countries in the world

look it up jap now has a public train that floats using electromagnetic energy

and Germany are the worlds largest supplier of resources in the majority of all resources

America and Britain didn't really win the war

Let's Put the Cynicism Aside

The most significant event that happened immediately after WWII was probably the great divide between the two largest former allies: the United States and the Soviet Union. On the European Front, Stalin continued to occupy the land they took from the German army (the Soviet Zone of Germany and the East of it), and in response, the rest of the Allies also maintained their military and later on economic presence in Western Europe. On the Pacific Front, the US supported South Korea in the Korean War (which led to the "equal" division of the Korean peninsula), and patrolled the Taiwan Strait after the Communist takeover of China. In addition, the US administration in Japan also turned its support from the Communist and Socialist fractions in Japan to the more conservative (or some say nationalistic) Liberal Democratic Party.

The seemingly "generous" financial aid to Germany and Japan after WWII was a result of at least two issues:

(1) After WWI, according to the international protocol of the time, Germany was heavily fined for war damages, which ruined the Weimar economy (with hyperinflation) and was arguably a direct reason for the rise of the Nazi regime (Hitler was elected as the Chancellor because he promised not to pay war fines and to restore the German economy). In response to this, by the end of WWII, the Allies agreed that Germany and Japan should be rehabilitated into the international order not via punitive measures, but by economic and ideological assimilation.

(2) Both Germany and Japan are literally in the middle of Europe and the Pacific respectively, thus making them strategically crucial in the Cold War. Both countries recovered economically because of the war industries, and later on, the conversion of some of these resources to heavy industries (most notably, car and machine making).

Despite their economic growth, Germany and Japan faced huge political and social challenges, and the paths toward what we now perceive as economic miracles were often traumatic to many people who physically worked for them. From their perspectives, their post-war economic affluence certainly did not match the economic and political prowess of the US and the UK. It is often deceptive to look at signs of material modernity as an index to how well a country fare.

Hobbies & Collectibles
Decade - 1940s
Decade - 1920s

Where could a person find information on a 1920s-1940s steel oil barrel which seems to have been made by Standard Oil Co for Polarine oil with patents marked on it from 1905 1909 1911 and 1916?

We are building a Conoco museum which started out as Marland Oil, then Standard Oil Company by E.W. Marland. Contact The city of Ponca City, OK and ask somebody about who is in charge of the research or you can contact the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Decade - 1940s

Who wrote Murder in the Glass Room?

Edwin Rolfe anf Lester Fuller

WW2 Homefront
Britain in WW2
Decade - 1940s

How old did you have to be to join the land army?

The minimum age to join the women's Land Army was 17.

Hobbies & Collectibles
World War 2
Society and Civilization
Decade - 1940s

How much is a 100 World War 2 bond worth?

Take it to your banker, they can look it up and tell you current value if you want to cash it. I think victory bonds are still earning interest.

History, Politics & Society
Decade - 1940s

What happened on August 28 1949?

38th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1) Riot prevents Paul Robeson from singing near Peekskill, New York

History of the United States
Decade - 1940s

How did they communicate in the 1940s?

In the 1940s, there were many of the same communication capabilities we have today, although some were more expensive or slower. A majority of Americans had their own telephones, for example, but long distance calls were still costly. There was no internet, so people wrote and mailed letters. People also could communicate by mass media-- radio was still popular, and the new mass medium of television began to gather an audience in the late 1940s. The government and the military had been working on development of computers, but these were not generally available to the average person, nor would they be for a long time.

And of course, there was direct communication-- then as now, people got together at public events (concerts, listening to a speaker, enjoying a play, or during the war years, raising money for patriotic causes). When the war ended, and the Baby Boom began, people enjoyed socializing with their friends; also, a number of civic clubs allowed people to belong to a group that both socialized and performed volunteer work in their community.

Decade - 1940s
Decade - 1930s

What was 5000 dollars worth in 1940 compared to today?

5000 dollars = about 75650 dollars today, i hope this helped!

Decade - 1940s

Where can you find information on Schavolite Corp who made golf clubs in 1940's?

According to Ronald O. John, "The Vintage Era of Golf Collectibles, Identification and Value Guide', published 2002, on page 88 & 89 outlines Textolite, a composite materials molded by General Electric for Schavolite Golf, New York, NY circa 1934. Drivers, shown: approx. value $55.00 each, set at $275.00. Also Schavolite driver & putter, shown: Approx. value $85.00 to $100.00 each. The book has some very nice photographs, as examples, for reference. Please see for details on purchasing the book.

History of Japan
Decade - 1950s
Decade - 1940s

What was Japan's economic situation after World War 2?

Well, Japan's economic experiences could have been better. They were at the low of their lows. But after the war, the U.S. helped rebuild everything, Japan became one of the most economic empires of the world. After this great devistation, Japan was changed and soon became one of the wealthiest country's there is.

At the end of World War II, Japan's economy was in ruins. The major urban and industrial areas had been almost completely destroyed by the U.S. Army Air Force incendiary raids which had commenced in the summer of 1944. The transportation network was destroyed, the merchant marine navy had ceased to exist, the agricultural sector was unable to meet even the requirements of basic subsistence and food stocks were non-existant. It was only due to the reluctant and belated intervention of the U.S. Government (many members of the Congress and the Truman administration were opposed to feeding the Japanese) that wide spread starvation of the Japanese populace was averted in 1946.

It is a wide spread belief that the United States "rebuilt" Japan's economy after World War II. This is not true. More countries were involved in the rebuilding. Following the surrender, Japan was occupied by the allied powers, chiefly the United States with the lesser participation of the British, until 1952 when the peace treaty was signed. One of the conditions of the surrender was that Japan make war reparations. Both the United States and the Soviet Union seized capital assets, cash, and property in both Japan proper and the the former Japanese occupied areas of Manchuria as partial payment toward these reparations. This had the effect of further crippling what remained of Japan's industry and economy. The United States cancelled further payments in 1954 but the payment of reparations to other countries continued long after. Some sources assert that Japanese war reparations exceeded by a large margin the amount of foreign aid received by Japan which in any case was chiefly in the form of bank loans.

Nor was Japan the recipient of an aid program such as the Marshall Plan which attempted to rebuild Europe. Despite massive infusions of Marshall Plan dollars and assistance to Great Britain and France, neither country ever regained its pre-war economic power. Japan's economic miracle was largely due, not to any overt action of the United States, but to the industriousness of its people. Of course there were other contributing factors as well, such as the 100 per cent literacy rate, the high rate of personal saving, and generous government subsidies to key industries and emerging technologies.

Perhaps the most important contribution the Occupation made to Japanese economic recovery was in the introduction and nurturing of democratic reforms. Capitalism works best in a free society.

If anyone is going to answer on here, please cite sources for your comments. The person who wrote here about the U.S. NOT being the major source of rebuilding is obviously not well-informed or has some other agenda. QUOTE sources...this site wants "answers" not half-baked opinions. BTW, the BCOF was responsible for the demilitarizing of Japan's war industries. The U.S. put billions of dollars into reconstruction.

Decade - 1940s

How do you find information on a test wind generator built in Vermont in the 1940's?

Grandpa's Knob wind generator was built in Castleton. It produced 1,000 kilowatts of electricity. but the project ended March 26,1945, when high winds blew off one of the blades. There is a photograph of this windmill on page 38 in "Castleton, Scenes of Yesterday", published by the Castleton Historical Society. It may be purchased by writing to them at P.O.Box 219, Castleton,VT 05735

I believe that they used wings from a B29 bomber as propellers.

It was built on a mountain top, I believe, near Barre.

I worked with a person years ago who worked on that project.

National Geographic had an excellent article, an overview, actually, about wind energy circa 1975; they had some amazing photographs of the Grandpa's Knob project, to boot. You might be able to find the article either online or at a library that has been fortunate enough to have the resources to keep such materials on hand in whatever form.

BTW, it seems kind of unlikely that the blades on the wind generator could have been airplane wings, given that each blade weighed something like eight (8!!) tons.

Good luck with your research.

World War 2
Decade - 1940s

How did the GI bill of the 1940s affect the US economy?

The G.I. Bill both then and now provided money for the education of soldiers.

This higher level of education provided soldiers who were re-entering civilian life with better skills and thus higher paying jobs. Higher paying jobs, more money to spend etc...

The GI BIll of Rights was one of the United States Government's most important and impacting programs of the 20th Century. It was basically the Country's investment in its own future. Before World War Two only the sons and daughters of wealthy families could afford to go to college. The rest had to do with a high school education. After the war millions of young men and women got free educations, partly as a reward for serving in and putting their live's on the line fighting for their country. This group constituted the country's next generation. And what an educated generation it was -- millions of them. They and their educations helped enormously in making this country, today, the greatest country in the world. If you don't believe this check back on what the country was like BEFORE World War Two -- and what it is like today!!!!!

The GI Bill also included provisions for low-cost mortgages to veterans so they could purchase houses. This created a housing boom. This, and the increased earning capacity, coupled with pent-up demand for consumer goods, resulted in the prosperity of the 1950 and 1960s.

History of the United States
Decade - 1940s

Things elementary students need to know about us history?

All significant events & why they are.

World War 2
Decade - 1940s

What were the bad guys nicknamed in World War 2?

answ2. The bad guys were collectively known as the Axis.

The good guys, the Allies.



Decade - 1940s

What was cooking like in the 1940's?

First Answer:In the 1940's, cooking was very different than how it is today. people would often eat such foods as baked plums, frozen corn, carrots, pigeons, and bananas. The most common way to cook your food was by frying in grease and then freezing it overnight. Better Answer:In the 1940s, cooking was very much the same as it is today. Meat, poultry and fish were commonly served as entrees, with vegetables (fresh or canned), rice or potatoes on the side. Fresh fruit was popular, when in season, and canned fruit when it was not. Prepackaged frozen vegetables were available, but not as popular as they are today. Many cooks, particularly in areas with good farmer's markets, would purchase fresh beans and peas in large quantities, when in season, and blanch and freeze them at home. Cooking methods were the same as today: roasting, braising, grilling, poaching, boiling or frying. The primary differences between then and now: TV dinners had not been invented, nor were there any microwave ovens.
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Australia in WW2
Decade - 1940s

Why did Japan attack Australia in World War 2?

Australia had involved itself in World War 2 following Britain into the war with Germany. It had also stationed forces in Malaya. When Japan entered the war in 1942 with the intent of taking over the strategic resources of South East Asia, Australian forces were there facing them = land, sea and air. There was no avoiding it.

However the Japanese did not plan the conquest of Australia for its resources - these were in South East Asia, and with their forces fully committed to China, the Russian border, Burma and South East Asia, they had nothing left to use against Australia even if they wished to do so. Their air and submarine attacks were defensive.

The Great Depression
Decade - 1940s

When did the Public works administration end?

The Public Works Administration was a New Deal program, started in 1933 to shore up the US infrastructure. It rebuilt and repaired schools and hospitals, bridges and dams. The PWA folded in 1943.

History of the United States
Decade - 1940s

What was America like in 1949?

  • There were fewer people.
  • There were no interstate highways and few bypass belt lines around cities.
  • There were separate schools for whites and blacks .
  • Many hotels and restaurants would not admit blacks.
  • Blacks were known as Negroes or colored people- nobody called them blacks
  • Black players were scarce in pro baseball.
  • Pro basketball was not a big draw and there were no black players.
  • TV stations broadcast only in the evening.
  • Many places did not have dial telephones and even if they did, one had to go through an operator to place long distance calls.
  • Long distance calls were expensive, say $1.50 within the state for 3 minutes
  • Money was worth about 5 times what is worth today.
  • Movies offered double features, although one was usually a so-called B picture in black and white. A show also included a cartoon, news reels, and a serial that continues from week to week. Admission was something like 50 cents for adults and 20 cents for kids.
  • Stores and churches were not air-conditioned. They often had ceiling fans and wall fans. Grocery stores had screen doors.
  • Meat was usually sold in butcher shops or locker plants.
  • Locker plants offered cold storage lockers where one could keep a side of beef, etc.
  • Milk was delivered to your door. There were also cleaners who picked up and delivered.
  • Postage was 3 cents for letters, 1 cent for post cards, 2 cents for unsealed cards, air mail was 6 cents and special delivery was an extra 15 cents. In towns mail was delivered twice a day
  • You go almost anywhere by train- every town of any size had a passenger depot.
  • Doctors would make house calls .
  • Cars did not have air-conditioning, Most had cowl ventilators and vent windows in front. Almost all cars were rear-wheel drive, so they was a hump in the middle of the floor for the drive shaft. Turn signals and back-up lights were not standard equipment. Nobody had seat belts.
  • Self-service and central check-out was unusual. Most stores had counters, each served by a clerk who had his own cash register. You had to ask the clerk for what you wanted. Some stores had a central register, but each clerk would take your purchase up to be checked.
  • In Illinois, sales tax was 2% and there was no state income tax.
Browning Firearms
Decade - 1940s

What is the value of browning shotgun model 42 410 ga?

300-1500 depending on exactly what it is.

Musical Instruments
Decade - 1940s

What technology was used in the 1940s to make music?

To MAKE music, acoustic instruments were used for most purposes. The only electronic instruments were electronic organs (the Hammond organ was introduced in 1934 and competitors soon followed), electric guitars and theremins (mostly used in movie scores).

To RECORD music, the vast majority of recordings were made using microphones, tube (valve) amplifiers, and cutting lathes that cut 78-rpm discs. These held 3 to 5 minutes of music on each side and were manufactured like cookies, pressing molten globs of plastic between stampers that held "negatives" of the original disk, with ridges matching the grooves that would be stamped into the plastic. The plastic was very stiff and did not take detailed impressions, so the sound quality was only somewhat better than a modern telephone.

Ithaca Firearms
Decade - 1940s

What is the value of a 1940's Ithaca 16 gauge shotgun?

My husband has an Ithaca 16 gage pump deerslayer shotgun that is over 50 yrs old is very good condition with both barrels what is it worth today?


If you write in this part, your question goes to the "already answered" bucket- caught it by chance.

There are multiple versions of the Ithaca Deerslayer, and prices will vary to some degree, depending on EXACT model and EXACT condition. For an average Deerslayer, value could run from $200-$300.


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