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Funky Forties

How was life in the 1940's similar to present day?

Brenna Hayes

on 14 January 2012

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Fashion 1940's Present Day Communism Death Penalty 1940's Present Men's Fashion- Men wore mainly
suits for business,sweaters
with a button down shirt underneath
and even a tie, and the basic loafer.
Women's Fashion- Women wore a knee
length skirt either straight or with a
flare and a blouse, women would also
wear tight or "skinny" jeans, and for
shoes they wold typically wear flats or heels.
Children's Fashion- Little girls would
typically wear loose jeans and a t-shirt,
or a blouse with a little skirt. Little boys
would wear loose jeans and a t-shirt,
overalls, or even a little suit. Men's Fashion- Men commonly wear
jeans and a t-shirt, or dress pants
with a button down shirt when they
have to dress up.
Women's Fashion- Women wear
skinny jeans with a sweater or shirt,
and to dress up they wear a form
fitting dress, and or a skirt with a blouse.
Children's Fashion- Children wear t-shirts jeans and
the exceptional skirt.
Teen's Fashion- Teens basically wear mainly
what adults tend to wear. In the 1940s, the following countries were communist:
East Germany
Today, only five countries are communist:
China, N. Korea, Cuba, Laos, & Vietnam
(Source: geography.about.com)

Other communism facts:
New Zealand's communist party was recuiting members at the time; there's a poster adverstising it (however, the CPNZ is no longer in existence, but the poster can be seen at the right) (source: nzhistory.net.nz)
Today, the US has a cult-like communist party of its own, though it doesn't make political headlines often (source: cpusa.org)
Anne Frank goes into hiding.
*Battle of Midway.
*Battle of Stalingrad.
Concentration Camps for Japenese-Americans.
Nazis Raze Town in Retaliation for Heydrich's Death.
Introductin to T-shirts.
(About.com 1) 1940
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr *Battle of Britain.
Assisination of Leon Trotsky.
Nylons on the market.
French stone age cave
paintings found.

(About.com 1) 1941 *Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.
Jeep was invented.
The beginning of the Manhattan Project.
*Completion of Mount Rushmore
Nazi Rudolf Hess files to Britain
on peace mission.
The siege of Leningrad.

(About.com 1) 1942 1943 The death of French Resistance Leader Jean Moulin.
Founding of Katyn Forest Massacre grave.
*Italy joins allies.
Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
(About.com 1) 1944 Introduction of Ballpoint Pens.
D-day(turning point to WW2).
First German V1 & V2 rockets fired.
Hitler escapes assination attempt.
(About.com 1) 1945 Death of FDR.
First Computer was built.
Germans surrrender.
Hitler commits suicide.
First Microwave Oven.
Slinky Toys are invented.
Foundation of United Nations.
U.s. drops atomic bombs on Japan.
(About.com 1)
1946 Bikinis hit market
Juan Peron becomes president ofArgentia.
*Nuremberg Trials start
Winston Churchill gives his "Iron Curtain " speech.
(About.com 1,2)

1947 Dead Sea Scrolls found.
*Jewish refugees of "The Exodus"
are returned back by the British.
Polaroid cameras are invented.

(About.com 2) 1948 Berlin aircraft formed.
"Big Bang Theory" is fully editted and completed.
"Dewey defeats Truman".
Ghandi's assasination.
State of Israel founded.

(About.com 2) -Global economy=bad
-Nicolas Sarkozy = French president
-Gordon Brown = Brit-ish Prime Minister
-N.Iraq suicide bombings kill 796 in Kantaniya
-Artic ice=record low
-Google Street View
-Benazir Bhutto assassinated in Pakistan

(2000-2009) -Crude oil production
-Pluto = dwarf planet :(
-N.Korean nuclear tests
-W.African rhino = extinct
-Saddam Hussein executed

*futuretimeline.net (2000-2009) -Space Shuttle Columbia
-Iraq Invasion by US (20 Mar-
1 May)
-Human Genome Project:
-European heat wave kills 37,000
-1st Chinese space mission

*futuretimeline.net (2000-2009) -Wikipedia
-George Bush sworn as 43rd
US President

*futuretimeline.net (2000-2009) -Euro in use by 17 countries
-iMac G4 introduced by Apple
-Bali Bombings: deadliest terrorist
attack on Indonesia ever

*futuretimeline.net (2000-2009) -New Millenium (Yay!)
-Vladimir Putin = new Russian President
-Euro 2000 (soccer tournament) hosted by Belgium &
Netherlands--first time 2 countries host event
-AirFrance flight 4590 (Concorde) crashes in Gonesse,
France going to JFK from Charles de Gaulle (Paris)
-Sydney, Australia: Olympic Summer Games host (2nd time
Olympics hosted down under!

* futuretimeline.net (2000-2009)
2000 2001 2002 2003 1949 *China becomes communist.
First non-stop flight around the world.
NATO established.
Soviet Union has atomic bomb.

(About.com 2) OLD NEWS! (of the 40's) *More significant or relevant to project 21st Century
Events! 2004 -Web 2.0
-1st S.Atlantic Hurri-
cane (Mid-March; Brazil)
-George Bush reelected
-Athens hosts Olypmics
-Hubble Ultra Deep Field
( goo.gl/TSyJf )
-1st memory card
-30 St.Mary Axe added to
London skyline
-Taipei 101 completed
-230,000 dead in Indian
Ocean earthquake

*futuretimeline.net (2000-2009) 2005 -YouTube
-Floppy Disks
replaced by
flash drives
-London suicide bombings
kill 56, injure 700 (July 7)
-Hurricane Katrina
-Angela Merkel: 1st female
German Chancellor

*futuretimeline.net (2000-2009) 2006 2007 2008 -Dmitry Medvedev =
Russian president
-Cyclone Nargis destroys Burma
-Oil prices = record high ($147/
-Internet boom (1 trillion sites
processed by Google)
-brain images extracted directly
-artifical DNA
-video ads on London Underground
-Beijing hosts Olympics

*futuretimeline.net (2000-2009) 2009 -Obama sworn in
as 44th president
-cancer research
-new plastics eng-
ineered w/o fossil
-Mercury = 98% mapped
-market shifts = lap-
tops preferred to desktops
-Burj Dubai completed (largest man-made structure at 818m/2684ft
-Africa pop = 1 billion
-discovery of possible water exoplanet

(2000-2009) 2010 -Haiti earthquake
-longest solar
eclipse of the
millenium (11mins,
-iPad debut
-BP oil disaster
-creation of synthetic
-Pakistan flood
-solar power = cheap

*futuretimeline.net (2010) 2011 -Japan earthqake
-Osama bin Laden
-Greek economic
crisis worsens
-1st synthetic organ
-South Sudan = independent
-Global population= 7 billion
-China's Three Gorges Dam
fully functional

*futuretimeline.net (2011) Bibliography Slang From The 1940's! "Take a powder"- To leave.
"Fuddy-duddy"- Old fashioned person.
"Gobbledygook"- Double talk, long speech?
"Fat-head"- Stupid, foolish person.
"Chrome-dome"- Bald-headed.
"Eager beaver"- Enthusiastic helper.
"Armored Heifer"- Canned milk?
"In cahoots with"- Conspiring with.
"Snap your cap"- Get angry.
"Doll Dizzy"- Girl crazy.
"Ducky Shincracker"- Good dancer?
" Above my pay grade" Don't ask me.
"Cook with gas"- To do something right?
" Killer-diller"- Good stuff.
" Hi sugar are you rationed?"- Are you dating someone?
"Stompers"- Shoes
"Flip your wig"- To lose control of yourself.
"Dead Hoofer"- Poor dancer?
"Pennies from Heaven"- easy money.
"Ameche"- Telephone?
"Lettuce"- Money.
"What's buzzin cousin?"- How's it going?

http://1940s.org/history/on-the-homefront-/forties-slang-40s/ Entertainment Toys :) World
War II 1940 1941 1942 Germany and Britain begin a war called the Battle of Brtain. German bombs hit Britain and Britain defend themsleves by air. Winston Churchill called this "Britain's Finest Hour". Forties Food Comparison of Vehicles 40s 2000-11 Welcome! This Prezi was constructed by Brenna
Hayes, Cassie McLean, Kate Bennett &
Whitney Parker. This presentation
compares lifestyles, events and technology
from today & the 1940s, the decade
in which the book "A Lesson Before Dying"
took place. -swing, rock, blues,
country & folk music
were popular (tunecharts.com)
-Casablanca('42) &
It's a Wonderful Life
('46) were voted top
movies of the 40s by
IMDb while Jungle
Goddess('48) & Last of
the Wild Horses('48) were
voted the worst (imdb.com)
-TV ('47) (really '39, but WWII
halted progress) (kclibrary.
-most TV programs today
were listened to on the radio
(soap operas, sports, etc.)
(kclibrary.lonestar.edu) -pop, rock, rap
& pop rock
dominate in music
genre (billboard.com)
-top 2 movies of the
2000s: Amélie('01) &
City of God ('03)
-rely on TV instead of
radio for sports, news,
soaps, etc. (known from
experience) 40's Celebrities There were many celebrities, here are some:
Lucille Ball
Desi Arnaz
Orson Welles
Harold Ross
Mario Moreno
George Lansbury
Jackie Robinson 1944 1945 1943 Jaguar XK 120 Tucker 48 Healey Silverstone Bristol 401 Healey Sportsmoblie Mazda 2 Honda Odyssey Chevrolet Silverado Lotus Evora Mini Cooper 1940's 2011 The death penalty is still legal in some states. States like Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, and Rhode Island do not have a death penalty. There are many more states like South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Nebraska that still have the death penalty. Even Ohio has a the Death Penalty active. Currently, there are more caucasian men being given the death penalty than african-americans. During the 1940's, more african-american men were sentenced the death penalty than caucasian men. On average, there were about 167 men sentenced the death penalty per year. Some criminologists stated that "the death penalty was a necessary social measure." (http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/part-i-history-death-penalty) There were many popular toys in the 1940's. Some toys we still have now, but many are not popular now. Some toys from the 1940's are:
3.)Model Airplanes
4.)Silly Putty
6.)Candy Land
9.)Paper Dolls
10.)Magic 8 Ball.
You will notice that a lot of these games are still around. Technology 1940's War caused the inventions of the following
-Nuclear Fission
-Jet Engines
Colossus (first total digital/electonic computer)
Atomatic Bomb and Power
Guided Missle
Kidney Dialysis
Microwave Oven
Mobile Phone
Silly Putty
(www.inventors.about.com) 2000-2011 *The People History. "1940s History including Popular Culture, Prices, Events, Technology and Inventions." Where People, History and Memories Join Together from The People History Site. 2004. Web. <http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1940s.html>. *The New York Times Company. "Invented in The 1940s." Inventors. 1996. Web. <http://inventors.about.com/od/timelines/a/twentieth_5.htm>. *The New York Times Company. "1940s Timeline - History Timeline of the 1940s." 20th Century History. 1996. Web. <http://history1900s.about.com/od/timelines/tp/1940timeline.htm>. 1940's York Pepperment Patties Sponge Candy M&M's Cheerio's Pronto Pups (Original Corn Dogs) Nachos Chicago-style Pizza Nutella Betty Crocker's Cake Mix Frozen Frech Fries Sau Sea Shrimp Cocktail Ready-to-spread Frosting Jolly Ranchers Whoppers Instant Pudding Friday Franks Loco Moco 2000-2011 Omega 3 Eggs Flat Iron Steaks Tear Free Onions Grapples Deep fried Coca Cola Deep fried Latte Mexican Funnel Cake Food on a Stick *Olver, Lynne. "The Food Timeline." Food Timeline: Food History & Vintage Recipes. American Library Association, Mar. 1999. Web. <http://www.foodtimeline.org/>. AbioCor artificial heart
Artificial Liver
Fuel Cell Bicycle
Self-cleaning windows
the iPod
Braille Glove
Phone Tooth
Birth Control Patch
Foveon Camera Chip
Date Rape Drug Spotter
Solar Tower
Virtual Keyboard
Infrared Fever SCreening System
Translucent Concrete
*The New York Times Company. "21st Century - Modern Inventions." Inventors. 1996. Web.
<http://inventors.about.com/od/timelines/a/ModernInvention.htm>. Interviews From our interviews, we have learned much and are in a way, able to have a new perspective on life in the 1940's. It was more of a concerning time where families were able to come closer and needed to depend on one another. One of the subjects we have interviewed goes by the name of Elizabeth Ruth. From this interview, we learned that in the year of 1940, she was 14 years old. She enjoyed the 1940's because it was the decade her family started (once the war ended). She married her boyfriend who had been overseas (in May 1945) and gave birth to her first child (in July 1946). The 1940's appeared as a dark time, but only becuase of the war. However, it made the world seem "lighter" and "brighter" when it was over. She listened to country music such as Benny Goodman and the Andrew Sisters. During this time, she wore full, cotton skirts and puff-sleeved shirts with ribbon. She owned only two outfits. The most important news in her opinion were the war ending and president Roosevelt. She was frightend by World War ll, but only because her official boyfriend (who she planned to marry) went over seas to work in supply. For the war, she and other woman contributed their efforts by taking jobs. She worked at James Leffel Company in which they filled sacs with bolts and screws for the war. In the 1940's, she didn't go to school and didn't make it past the eigth grade, which was common at the time. Also, people were expected to have Victory Gardens, in which they grew their own food and the crops farmers grew went to the soldiers at war. One benefit of the 40's was costs were low. A benefit of the present would be Social Security. Another subject we interviewed goes by the name of Betty Scott. We have learned from her interview she was at the age of 20 in 1940. Overall she enjoyed the 1940's becuase she was married in 1941, had her first child in 1942, and most importantly, the war ended and her husband came home. To her, the 1940's were a rough time but she was just proud that they all overcame it. Her favorite part of the 1940's was in the year of 1944 when her husband came home. They met at the train station at midnight. The music she listened to was classical, mainly a program called Moon River. She doesn't believe anything is similar between the 1940's and today, everything altered, except for the clothing. She has said the fashion trends today are a repeat of the 40's. The most important news event would be WWll coming to an end. Other imporant events could include having to use stamps to purchase items during the war. She was not exactly frightened by the war, but more so concerned for the soldiers and their families and hated living through it. One benefit of the 1940's would be families coming closer, and having to depend on each other more. One benefit of today that she enjoys would be improvments in fabrics and fibers (because she is a seamstress). Another preson was interviewed was Ken Bennett. Ken lived on a farm, and was around eight years old during the forties. Ken states in my interview that the forties were "a scary time" and the war effort required a lot of necessitys, for example they would collect tin foil for the war, but Ken also enjoyed having more "family dinners" and "being closer to relatives.". Ken believed that the forties were very technologically unadvanced. Overall when
asked if he preferred the forties or present day Ken went a completely different route and said " I prefer the fifties .".
Ken recalls how his mother had a basic kitchen with an iron cook stove, and at nine he would go to bed. If Ken had to go to the bathroom he also ad to get up and go outside, he also did not have electricity. To take a bath Ken's mother would have to take a copper tub and heat it on their cook stove.
I then asked Ken what kind of music he listened to he said names like Eddie Fischer, and Mr. Sandman, and the Tennesse Wlatz.
The final thing that Ken mentioned was the "Party Phone.", In the forties, instead of each person having an individual line they woud have to share phone lines. Which also allowed people to listen in on conversations. If you needed to have a private phone call you wrote a letter or visited that person.

The last interview was with Helen
Wallace. Helen was in her twenties when the forties began.
Helen talks about how radio was the biggest form of
entertainment, and the movies. Helen was not like other
girls in the forties. Helen had gone to college, and was just
beginning her teaching career when she took a "Citizen test."
Helen was then recruited to help with the military, so a lot of
her life for a long time revolved around World War II. Helen also
recalls that racism was very noticable. At the military cafeteria
they would not let the "blacks" eat with them. Even with her long
job she still found ways to have fun. Every saturday night
Helen and her friends went out to the theatre, listened to music like Sammy K, or out to eat, but when you went out to eat you
had the possibility of sitting with complete strangers because of
how over-populated the forties were. Helen was in D.C. for six
months to a year, but then Helen became very ill. Helen moved back
to her hometown and never moved back to D.C.. When Helen moved back she then
achieved a succesful career in teaching. Germany, Italy, and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact making Japan part of the Axis. July 10, 1940 Semptember 27, 1940 Hungary and Romania sign the Tripartite Pact, Becoming part of the Axis. November 20, 1940 March 11, 1941 The U.S. Congress passes the Lend-Lease Act giving Roosevelt the supremacy to sell, transfer, or lease war goods to the government of any Allied country, therfore effectively ending Amercian neutrality. March 25, 1941 Yugoslavia signs the Tripartite Pact, briefly becoming part of the Axis. December 7, 1941 Japan attacks the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. January 1, 1942 The Declaration of the United Nations is signed by the leaders of26 nations. January 14th January 31st October 13th January 14, 1942 The U.S. and Britain agree that the defeat of Germany was the first priority during the Arcadia Conference in Washington, D.C. Winning the war in Europe would come before winnning the war in the Pacific. The Casablanca Confrence
between the U.S. and Britain
agree that Germany must
surrender unconditionally,
and plan an allied invasion of
Sicily. January 20, 1942 Over 90,000 German
troops at
Stalingrad surrender
to the soviets.
Germany holds the Wannsee Conference in Berlin to find a "Final Solution" for the Jewish people. The Allies begin a massive bombing campaign on Germany. June 13, 1944 Germany launches the first V-1 flying-bomb on Britain. July 20, 1944 German military leaders attempt nut fail to kill Adolf Hitler in the Rastenburg Assassination Plot. Hitler murders 200 suspected plotters. October 26, 1944 The U.S. Navy defeats the Japanese in the Battle in Leyte Gulf. The Japanese Navy was then virtually powerless. January 27, 1945 Soviet troops liberate the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, discovering hundreds of corpses from people who were recently murdered, thousands of people barely alive, and earthly remains of approximately 1,000,000 men and women. January 28, 1945 The Battle of the Bulge ends. Americans suffered about 75,000 casualties and the Germans lost about 80,000-100,000. Germany would not have been able to recover from so many losses. Few people besides Hitler believed Germany could have won the war. April 30, 1945 Hitler committed suicide because he knew Germany was not going to win the war. Allies -United States -United Kingdom
-France -Soviet Union(USSR)
-Poland -Australia
-New Zealand -Canada
-Brazil -Netherlands
-Union of South Africa
-And More... Axis -Germany -Japan
-Hungary -Romania
-Bulgaria -Finland
-Iraq -Thailand
-India -Phillipines
-Greece -And More...
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