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1940s American Pop Culture :)
Transcript of 1940s American Pop Culture :)
restricted how much fabric could be used for clothing.
But until then, the "Zoot Suit" was popular among young men. A similar type of suit was worn by Michael Jackson in Smooth Criminal. The slinky was invented in 1945 by a ship inspector. Teenagers had money to spend with employment being available. But, with mothers and fathers away, juvenile delinquents rose. Burglaries were 58.5% of the crimes committed by minors. By 1951, 17 million, 5 inch, black and white TVs were sold.
Texaco Star Theatre was a popular show but had competition with Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town. In 1947, the children's
show The Howdy Doody Show came out starring Kukla,
Fran, and Ollie, otherwise known as the Junior Jamboree. In two-platoon football, all eleven players would play. The penalty flag was first used in 1941 but became official in 1948. Paul Brown turned football into a game of strategy. The Basketball Association of America formed in 1946, which later merged with the National Basketball League, forming the NBA in 1949. Boxing was also a major sport. Big boxing names were Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Ike Williams, and Willie Pep. Many of the artists of that time period didn't fit under Hitler's ideas of how art should be expressed. Many of these artists fled to America and out came abstract expressionism. One of the leading artists was Paul Jackson Pollock. The architecture before the war was very simple. The houses were usually one or two stories and remained Cape Cod. After the war, the average home was a one level Ranch house. Glass and steel offices were also rising in popularity. Those restrictions applied to women as well. Which led to the "Convertible Suit." The women's convertible suit was a jacket, "short" skirt, and blouse. In the evening, the jacket was optional, but had to have an acceptable blouse under it. After the war, there were no more restrictions.
Christian Dior introduced "New Look," which were dresses with long skirts and tight waists. The Jitterbug (swing dance) was a dance that became popular at the beginning of the decade. GI's took the dance overseas with them and danced with the women over there, or with each other, if they really wanted to. Rosie the Riveter also became widely known. Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable were famous pin-up girls. Movies became prominent in the '40s. Interestingly, Germans and Japanese were one-dimensional villians. Casablanca, Citizen Kane and Notorious were popular movies. Some leading actors and actresses were Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor. Walt Disney's career began to shoot off at the time and out came Dumbo, Bambi and Fantasia. THE END!!