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The Forties

The Forties were a time of war. World War II was in full swing, and the people had to change to fit the times. The women went to work in the factories, the men were all at war, and times were tough for everyone. Food and other items had to be rationed for the war effort. Movie stars went out selling war bonds to try to raise money to support the war effort. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the President throughout most of the war. When he died, Vice President Harry S. Truman took over.

The music reflected the attitude of the times. Songs such as "The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by the Andrew Sisters, and "Over There", showed support for the troops over seas. Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby were also very popular. Nat King Cole also made his debut with the infamous "Mona Lisa."

The movies of the time also reflected the war. "Casablanca", for example, dealt with the war. That was probably Humphrey Bogartís most remembered role. "Bambi" and "Fantasia" were also released by the Disney company at this time. Judy Garland continued her acting career, while Carmen Miranda sang and danced with her basket of fruit on her head. Jimmy Stewart, Americaís favorite nice guy, was also up on the big screen, and up in the air!! He joined the Air Force and made it up to Colonel by leading many air strikes on Germany.

Theater made a big wave in entertainment. Musicals, such as Rogers and Hammersteinís Oklahoma!, and the plays of Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie, also made it big.

The Curious George books also were written by immigrants who were fleeing persecution by the Nazis. Norman Rockwell was decorating the covers of The Saturday Evening Post, while the late Dr. Spock was telling us how to take care of all of the babies being born to the men going to and later in the Forties, coming home, from war.

Joe DiMaggio was making it big in the baseball department, while Jackie Robinson was breaking color barriers in the same "field." While all the men were at war, however, the women took the field in the newly formed All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Jitterbugging and bebop was all the rage, and while you were waiting for a dance partner to become available, you and your friends could have a bubble blowing contest! The guys were all decked out in their zoot suits trying to pick up all the bobby soxers that were fascinated with Frank.

M & Mís were introduced to the chocolate-loving public, even though they had to be rationed to save some for the soldiers!! Rosie the Riveter was there to call all the girls to go to work while their G.I. Joeís were fighting their way through Europe (or the comic book stands). The Manhattan Project was in full force, ending in one big "Kilroy Was Here" on Japan.


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here is one on the Andrews sisters...
here is one on Harry Truman...
here is a good one on the 40's...
here is another one 'bout the 40s....