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unemployed
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A Crush: as in I have BIG EYES for her.
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These famous lines uttered by Humphrey
Bogart’s Rick Blaine to Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa
Lund in the film Casablanca, quickly passed
into popular usage as a toast.
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A description of a pretty girl; “She has
Hollywood eyes.”
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A person whose looks or interests set them
apart from the crowd.
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Would you loan me $5?
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“Wow.!,” an expression of surprise or great
excitement
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A Policeman
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A term first used by the Hollywood press to
describe a full figured, good looking girl.
Many Hollywood starlets would claim to be
the “original” oomph or sweater girl.
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A Car
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Attractive women featured on posters during
WWII to entertain military men. The mot
famous pin-up girl was Betty Grable, shown in
a bathing suit and high heeled shoes looking
over her shoulder; a pin up of Rita Hayworth
was stuck on the first atomic bomb dropped
on Hiroshima.
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1. Paperback books: Born in the late 1930s,
these tomes—with flashy covers, racy stories,
and cheap prices-were read by the millions
during the 1940s. The first paperback
publisher was pocketbooks in 1939. Soon
Avon Books, Dell Books, Popular Library,
Bantam Books, New American Library and
Gold Medal Books were enticing readers with
paperback editions.
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Readers could select from over 150 different
titles. The adventures of superheroes were
the most popular, including:
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is a 1940 novel by Ernest Hemingway. It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a
young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist
guerilla unit in the mountains during the Spanish Civil War. As an expert
in the use of explosives, he is given an assignment to blow up a bridge to
accompany a simultaneous attack on the city of Segovia.
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This novel my Marguerite Steen was the first
in a trilogy including Twilight on the Floods
and Jehovah Blues, which follows the Floods
family through two centuries of their
involvement in the slave trade. Steen’s
dramatic style of writing and action-packed
novels won her a large following of fans.
a historical novel about the Crucifixion written by
Lloyd C. Douglas. The book was one of the bestselling titles of the 1940s.
 It entered the New York Times Best Seller list in
October 1942, and four weeks later rose to No. 1. It
held the position for nearly a year.
 The Robe remained on the list for another two years,
returning several other times over the next several
years including when the movie version was
released in 1953.
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was a weekly magazine published by the United States military during
World War II. Founded and edited by Major Hartzell Spence (1908-2001),
the magazine was written by enlisted rank soldiers only and was made
available to the soldiers, sailors and airmen serving overseas. It was
published at facilities around the world -- British, Mediterranean,
Continental, Western Pacific -- for a total of 21 editions in 17 countries.
Yank was the most widely read magazine in the history of the U.S.
military, achieving a worldwide circulation of more than 2.6 million. Each
issue was priced at five cents because it was felt that if soldiers paid, they
would have a higher regard for the publication. Each issue was edited in
New York City and then shipped for printing around the world where staff
editors added local stories. The last issue was published in December,
1945.
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a romance novel by Kathleen Winsor that was made into a
movie by 20th Century Fox. It tells the story of orphaned
Amber St. Clair, who makes her way through 17th century
English society by sleeping with more and more important
men.
The book was roundly condemned by Roman Catholic
"decency" watchdogs, which helped to make it popular.
One critic went so far as to number each of the passages
to he objected. The film was finally completed after
substantial changes to the script were made, toning down
some of the book's most objectionable passages in order
to appease Catholic media critics.
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is the newspaper published for the United
States Armed Forces overseas. It is available
in three formats: the European Edition, the
Mideast Edition, and the Pacific Edition.
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written by Dr. Benjamin Spock, was first
published in 1946, and is one of the biggest
best-sellers of all time. By 1998, it had sold
more than 50 million copies. It has been
translated into 39 languages.
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is Mickey Spillane's first novel featuring
private investigator Mike Hammer.
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Top Movies of the Decade
Rebecca (1940)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Casablanca (1942/43)
Going My Way (1944)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Hamlet (1948)
All the King's Men (1949)
Lauren Bacall was born on September 16, 1924 in New York City,
New York. After working as a model in her early twenties, Bacall
debuted with husband-to-be Humphrey Bogart in TO HAVE AND
HAVE NOT. The two were married in May 1945 and were together
until Bogart's death in 1957. After Bogart's passing, Bacall went on
to marry Jason Robards in 1961. They were together for eight
years until their divorce in 1969.
 Lauren's nickname has long since been "Baby". But her trademark
sultry voice seems contradictory to her innocent alias.
Nevertheless, Bacall has been tempting men around the globe for
ages after TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT penned Bacall as "the
seductress" thanks to her line to Bogart: "If you want anything,
just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you Steve ? Just put
your lips together and blow."
 Her notable films include: THE BIG SLEEP, KEY LARGO, and
HARPER.
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Swedish born Ingrid Bergman won three Oscars
for her acting in GASLIGHT, ANASTASIA and
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.
Bergman's defining role was as Bogart's old
romance in CASABLANCA.
Ingrid Bergman's other notable movies include:
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, BELLS OF ST.
MARY'S, JOAN OF ARC, INTERMEZZO,
SPELLBOUND, NOTORIOUS, INDISCREET, and
CACTUS FLOWER.
Unusual looking and sounding, Humphrey Bogart began
his career playing bad guys, then later became an unlikely
but effective leading man. Bogie's defining role would be
as Rick the club owner in CASABLANCA. Notable films
include: THE MALTESE FALCON, THE TREASURE OF THE
SIERRA MADRE, THE BIG SLEEP, and THE CAINE MUTINY.
 Humphrey Bogart won the Best Actor award for THE
AFRICAN QUEEN.
 After co-starring with a young Lauren Bacall in TO HAVE
AND TO HAVE NOT, they fell and love and got married,
coming to represent true love to generations of film fans.
 Humphrey Bogart was one of the most popular, most
enduring film stars Hollywood ever generated.
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Bing Crosby, Best Actor 1945
Big Box Office Draw
ANYTHING GOES, THE BELL'S OF ST.
MARY'S, ROAD TO SINGAPORE, HOLIDAY
INN, WHITE CHRISTMAS, THE COUNTRY
GIRL, HIGH SOCIETY, PEPE, ROBIN AND THE
SEVEN HOODS
A charming, sophisticated leading lady, Olivia de
Havilland had quite a following in the 1940's, which
was well deserved.
 Her defining role was in GONE WITH THE WIND. Olivia
de Havilland's notable movies include: THEY DIED
WITH THEIR BOOTS ON, THE ADVENTURES OF
ROBIN HOOD, THE SNAKE PIT, THE HEIRESS, TO
EACH HIS OWN, and HUSH, HUSH SWEET
CHARLOTTE.
 Of the four principal actors in GONE WITH THE WIND
(the others were Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and Leslie
Howard), Olivia de Havilland is the only survivor.
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After huge success as Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ
in 1939, Judy Garland appeared in a series of popular
films in the 1940's including MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS,
EASTER PARADE, and the ANDY HARDY series
opposite the dynamic Mickey Rooney.
 Judy Garland's youthful energy and all-American girl
spunk, combined with a singing voice of
heartbreaking vulnerability, made her the girl with
something extra in the filmic 1940s.
 Judy's other notable films include: JUDGEMENT AT
NUREMBERG.
 Garland's performance in A STAR IS BORN is
considered one of her best films.
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Bob Hope started in show business as a dancer and comedian in
vaudeville, where he earned the nick name, Rapid Robert.
His nickname is "Old Ski Nose." Bob's signiture song is "Thanks for
the Memories," from the Paramount film, THE BIG BOADCAST OF
1938, which is Bob Hope's feature film debut.
One of our favorite Hope movies is THE PALEFACE.
Bob Hope's defining comedic film roles were made in the very
successful Road pictures, made during the 1940's and 50's with
Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour; including: ROAD TO
SINGAPORE, ROAD TO ZANZIBAR, ROAD TO MORRACCO,
ROAD TO UTOPIA, ROAD TO RIO, ROAD TO BALI, and ROAD TO
HONG KONG.
Bob Hope holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being the
most honored entertainer. Hope received 5 special Academy
Awards, a Golden Globe: Ambassador of Good Will, plus many
others for his meritous service.
Barbara Stanwyck was a unique, sultry actress who
combined looks, brains, and heat, to memorable effect.
 Her defining role was as the sexy temptress in DOUBLE
INDEMNITY, opposite Fred MacMurray. Notable movies
include: STELLA DALLAS, BALL OF FIRE, THE LADY EVE,
SORRY-WRONG NUMBER, CHRISTMAS IN
CONNECTICUT, and WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.
 Barbara Stanwyck made a huge career out of being both
tough and desirable, as alluring as any woman and as
strong as any man. Late in life Barbara Stanwyck starred in
the well regarded TV series, THE BIG VALLEY.
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A pretty child, Elizabeth Taylor grew up to be a sexy and voluptuous
woman. Elizabeth Taylor was as famous for her many high profile
marriages, and illnesses, as her movies. Her defining role would have to
be as "Maggie" in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, opposite Paul Newman.
Notable films include: A PLACE IN THE SUN, NATIONAL VELVET, and
GIANT. Elizabeth Taylor won two Best Actress Awards (BUTTERFIELD 8
and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF ?)
Elizabeth Taylor was married to filmmaker Michael (AROUND THE
WORLD IN 80 DAYS) Todd, who died in a plane crash.
Actor Richard Burton is said to have been the great love of her life, but
they couldn't make marriage work though they tried it twice. Liz Taylor
was described as the last of the great American stars, a description she
more than lived up to.
Her most recent film is THE FLINTSTONES and a ABC television movie
THESE OLD BROADS with Joan Collins, Shirley MacLaine, and Debbie
Reynolds.
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A fey, wistful brunette leading lady, Oklahoma-born Jennifer Jones
became the protégé of producer David O. Selznick in the early
1940s and married him in 1949 after her divorce from actor Robert
Walker. Selznick took control of her career and ensured her
appearances in prestige productions by leading directors.
Although she had appeared in a pair of Republic Pictures
programmers under her birth name of Phylis Isley in the 1930s, the
actress was re-invented by Selznick and given the new moniker.
She achieved stardom as the visionary title character in "The Song
of Bernadette" (1943), for which she won an Oscar as Best Actress.
She continued in John Cromwell's WWII home front epic "Since
You Went Away" (1944), King Vidor operatic color western "Duel in
the Sun" (1947) and as the enigmatic, inspirational subject of
William Dieterle's "Portrait of Jennie" (1948), the latter possibly
her finest film.
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The Ink Spots
The Ink Spots were a popular black vocal
group that helped define the musical genre
that led to rhythm & blues and rock and roll,
and the subgenre doo-wop. They and the
Mills Brothers, another black vocal group of
the 1940s, gained much acceptance in the
white community.
Charles "Bird" Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March
12, 1955) was an American jazz saxophonist and
composer. Early in his career Parker was dubbed
"Yardbird" (there are many contradictory stories of
its origin). It was later shortened to "Bird" and
remained Parker's nickname for the rest of his life
and inspiration for the titles of his works, such as
"Yardbird Suite" and "Bird Feathers". The New York
City nightclub Birdland was named after him, as
were the George Shearing song "Lullaby of
Birdland" and the Weather Report's composition
"Birdland.“
 Father of B-bop music.
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The Father of Be-bop
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Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904–circa December 15, 1944),
born in Clarinda, Iowa, was a American jazz musician and
bandleader in the swing era. He is widely recognized as the
genre's best-selling performer from 1939 to 1942 and fronted
one of the most well-known "Big Bands." During World War
II, while traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France, his plane
disappeared in bad weather. His body was never found.
Miller's signature recordings — including, among others, "In
the Mood", "Tuxedo Junction", "Chattanooga Choo Choo",
"Moonlight Serenade", "Sun Valley Jump", "String of Pearls",
and "Pennsylvania 6-5000" (named for the phone number of
his New York hotel residence) — have remained familiar,
even to generations born decades after Miller disappeared.
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The Adventures of Superman, adapted from the DC Comics character created in 1938,
came to radio as a syndicated show on New York City's WOR on February 12, 1940. On
Mutual, it was broadcast from August 31, 1942 to June 17, 1949, as a weekly serial. It was
aired on a three-times-a-week schedule from January 31, 1949 to June 17, 1949. The series
shifted to ABC Saturday mornings on November 5 1949, and then to twice-a-week in June,
1950, continuing on ABC until March 1, 1951
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“Back in the Saddle Again”: The theme song
of Gene Autry, the “Singing Cowboy.”
Originally written in 1938 by Ray Whitley for
the film Border G Men, Autry soon revived it
for his own movies and regularly sang it on
his radio and TV shows.
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a song about a virtuoso trumpet player, was a major hit for
the Andrews Sisters and an iconic World War II tune.
The song was written by Don Raye and Hughie Prince, and
was recorded at Decca's Hollywood studios on January 2,
1941, eleven months before the United States entered World
War II. The sisters introduced the song in the 1941 Abbott
and Costello film Buck Privates, which was in production
when they made the record. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" was
nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.
The song is closely based on an earlier Raye-Prince hit, "Beat
Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar," which is about a virtuoso
boogie-woogie piano player.
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All reporting of news and war information
was censored by the “Code of Wartime
Practices for American Broadcasters,”
starting in 1942.
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is an Irving Berlin song whose lyrics
reminisce about White Christmases. "White
Christmas" was introduced by Bing Crosby in
the 1942 musical Holiday Inn. In the film, he
actually sings it in a duet with Marjorie
Reynolds. The song went on to receive the
Academy Award for Best Song.
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The single by Frank Sinatra sold more than one
million copies. It also marked a shift in popular
music. The Harry James Orchestra originally
recorded the song in 1939 (with Sinatra singing),
but Sinatra wanted to recorded it in 1943. When a
musician strike prevented that, Sinatra’s managers
decided to release the earlier song, renaming the
single to highlight Sinatra’s name. Until this time,
bandleaders were the most important musicians to
feature on musical covers.
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Debuting on the radio in 1944. Paul Harvey’s
distinctive reporting style kept him on the air
into the twenty-first century.
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The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, an American radio and
television series, was once the longest-running, live-action
situation comedy on American television, having aired on
ABC from 1952 to 1966 after a ten-year run on radio. Starring
former bandleader Ozzie Nelson and his vocalist wife,
vocalist Harriet Hilliard (she dropped her maiden name after
the couple ended their music career), the show's sober,
gentle humor captured a large, sustaining audience, even if it
never reached the top ten in the actual ratings and later
critics tended to dismiss it as fostering a slightly unrealistic
picture of post-World War II American family life.
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“I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” This
song by Art Mooney’s orchestra became the
#1 hit single on the Billboard chart in
January 1948 and began a revival of “oldtime” banjo songs.
is a song written and recorded by American country
music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1949. The
song about depression was largely inspired by his
troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard.
With evocative lyrics, such as the opening lines
"Hear that lonesome whippoorwill/He sounds too
blue to fly," the song has been covered by a wide
range of musicians
 Rolling Stone ranked it #111 on their list of the 500
Greatest Songs of All Time. It's the second oldest
song on the list, and one of only two from the 1940s.
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France and Britain declared war on Germany and Italy.
The German army conquers the following nations:
1. Austria
2. Czechoslovakia
3. Poland
4. Norway
5. Denmark
6. Holland
7. Belgium
8. Luxembourg
9. France
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Germany invades Russia in June of 1941
 Germans pushed to the outskirts of Moscow.
 The Russian winter prevents Germans from invading and taking
over Russia.
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Japan bombs Pearl Harbor
 Japan launches a surprise attack on our naval base in Pearl Harbor in
Hawaii.
 December 7, 1941 “A day that will live in infamy.”
 The United States declared war on Japan the next day.
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D-Day
 Invasion of the allied troops at the beaches of Normandy. The plan
was to liberate France from the Nazis.
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May 8th, 1945-VE Day Victory in Europe.
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The Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 the nuclear weapon
Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima by Enola Gay, a U.S. Air Force B-29 bomber
which was altered specifically to hold the bomb, killing directly an estimated
80,000 people and completely destroying approximately 68% of the city's
buildings. In the following months, an estimated 60,000 more people died from
injuries or radiation poisoning. Since 1945, several thousand more hibakusha
have died of illnesses caused by the bomb. It was the second such device to be
detonated (the first being the successful test at the Manhattan Project's desert
test site, in New Mexico), and the first ever to be used in military action. It has
been claimed (and in many places, including much of North America, is generally
believed) that the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were
the primary factors leading to the subsequent Japanese surrender, and the
official end of World War II. The position of the U.S. government at the time was
that the bombings obviated the need for an American ground invasion of Japan,
an operation that, had it occurred, would have been many times bloodier than
the Normandy invasion of Europe.
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The Atomic Bomb dropped on 9 August 1945,
Nagasaki was the target of the world's
second atomic bomb attack at 11:02 a.m.,
when the north of the city was destroyed and
an estimated 39,000 people were killed.
According to statistics given at the Nagasaki
Peace Park, the dead totaled 73,884, injured
74,909 and sufferers 120,820.
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The Holocaust
 The Nazis created 24 concentration camps used
to hold and exterminate undesirables such as
Jews, Gypsies, handicapped, Catholics and
homosexuals.
 After the war many of the concentration camps
were destroyed. However, some have been
preserved as museums that will hopefully prevent
anything like this from happening again.
The United Nations is formed:
China falls to communism.(1949)
Israel founded in 1948, Israel is the world's only Jewish state although its
population includes citizens from many ethnic and religious background.
 The Berlin Blockade (June 24, 1948 to May 11, 1949) became one of the first
major crises of the new Cold War, when the Soviet Union blocked railroad and
street access to West Berlin. The crisis abated after the Soviet Union did not
act to stop American, British and French humanitarian airlifts of food and
other provisions to the Western-held sectors of Berlin; this was referred to as
Operation Vittles by the Americans and Operation Plainfare by the British.
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When World War II ended in Europe on May 9, 1945, Soviet and Western
(U.S., British, and French) troops were located in arbitrary places,
essentially, along a line in the center of Europe. From July 17 to August 2,
1945, the victorious Allied Powers reached the Potsdam Agreement on the
fate of post-war Europe, calling for the division of a defeated Germany into
four occupation zones (thus reaffirming principles laid out earlier by the Yalta
Conference), and the similar division of Berlin into four zones, later called
East Berlin and West Berlin. The French, U.S., and British sectors of Berlin
were deep within the Soviet occupation zone, and thus a focal point of
tensions corresponding to the breakdown of the Western-Soviet wartime
alliance.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected
president in 1940 and 44.
 He is the only U.S. President to serve more than
two terms in office.
 He provided stability for the United States people
during the Depression and World War II
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Harry S. Truman is elected president in 1948
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Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense,
were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences
in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom during World War I
and World War II to reduce the pressure on the public food supply
brought on by the war effort. In addition to indirectly aiding the war
effort these gardens were also considered a civil "morale booster" —
in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor
and rewarded by the produce grown.
Victory gardens were planted in backyards and on apartment-building
rooftops, with the occasional vacant lot "commandeered for the war
effort!" and put to use as a cornfield or a squash patch. During World
War II, sections of lawn were publicly plowed for plots in Hyde Park,
London to publicize the movement. In New York City, the lawns
around vacant "Riverside" were devoted to victory gardens, as were
portions of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
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Collected rags, scrap metal, and rubber.
The war savings stamp (WSS) was a patriotic program used
by the United States Treasury to help fund participation in
World War II, and was principally aimed at school-age
children. Stamps were available in 10, 25 and 50 cent, and 1
and 5 dollar denominations and did not provide interest,
although in some cases collections of stamps could be
redeemed for war bonds.
Every Scout to Save a Soldier was a slogan used to motivate
Boy Scouts and Girl Guides to help sell the stamps.
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The fitted jacket-and-skirt suit, with a peplum to
the hip
One- and two-fabric day dresses with 3- or 4-sided
squarish curved necklines, the bust shaped by soft
gathers above or below, and sometimes swags or
drapery on the skirt
Lace and taffeta eveningwear with asymmetric,
bouffant styling
Cap-sleeved cotton or rayon blouses and matching
tap-style shorts or wide-leg pants for recreation.
Pencil thin mustaches
The Zoot suit
 Mid-thigh jackets
 Pants wide at the knee/narrow at the ankle
 Wide brimmed hats
 Watch chains/worn by poor blacks, whites
and Hispanics.
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The Offices of Price Administration (OPA).
Families would receive stamps to buy rationed food products.
Women gave up their silk stocking to make parachutes.
Gas Rationing
The average American could drive only about 60 miles per
week.
Carpools/Public Transportation
Other Rationing
Women were allowed 3 pairs of shoes per year.
Food such as potatoes and meat were also rationed.
Sugar was also rationed.
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Rosie the Riveter was the symbol of working
women during the war.
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Winnie the Welder
Betsy the Builder
Women worked the swing shift 11:00
PM to 7:00AM
Women were well suited for factory work
because of their manual dexterity.
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Air raid drills
Bomb shelters were built behind homes.
Civil Defense Teams
Women practiced with machine guns.
Anti-aircraft guns were put on the roof of
the Capitol building.
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A blue star in your window meant that
someone in your home was fighting in the
war effort.
A gold star in your window meant that
someone in your household was killed while
fighting in the war effort.
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Tommy Dorsey: was a jazz trombonist and
bandleader in the Big Band era.
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Many suggest that Goodman achieved the same success with jazz and
swing that Elvis Presley did for rock and roll. Both helped bring black
music to a young, white audience. It is true that many of Goodman's
arrangements had been played for years before by Fletcher Henderson's
Orchestra. While Goodman publicly acknowledged his debt to
Henderson, many young white swing fans had never heard Henderson's
band. While some consider Goodman a jazz innovator, others maintain
his main strength was his perfectionism and drive. Goodman was a
virtuosic clarinetist and arguably the most technically proficient jazz
clarinetist of all time. Goodman was one of the most important
musicians of the Twentieth Century in that he was the major catalyst for
the big band era. The Lycos Music website says of Goodman:
His encouragement of musicians like [electric guitarist Charlie] Christian,
Wilson and Hampton not only helped Goodman to promote important
careers in jazz but also did much to break down racial taboos in show
business and American society. The fact that he was never an innovator
means Goodman was not a great jazzman in the sense that Armstrong,
Ellington, Charlie Parker and others were. Nevertheless, he was a major
figure in jazz and played an important role in the history of twentieth
century popular music.
born in Clarinda, Iowa, was a American jazz musician and
bandleader in the swing era. He is widely recognized as the
genre's best-selling performer from 1939 to 1942 and fronted
one of the most well-known "Big Bands." During World War
II, while traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France, his plane
disappeared in bad weather. His body was never found.
 Miller's signature recordings — including, among others, "In
the Mood", "Tuxedo Junction", "Chattanooga Choo Choo",
"Moonlight Serenade", "Sun Valley Jump", "String of Pearls",
and "Pennsylvania 6-5000" (named for the phone number of
his New York hotel residence) — have remained familiar,
even to generations born decades after Miller disappeared.
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One of the first multimedia stars, from 1934 to 1954 Bing
Crosby held a nearly unrivaled command of record sales,
radio ratings and motion picture grosses. Widely recognized
as one of the most popular musical acts in history, Crosby is
also credited as being the major inspiration for most of the
male singers of the era that followed him, including Frank
Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine
recognized Crosby as the person who had done the most for
American G.I. morale during World War II and, during his
peak years, around 1948, polls declared him the "most
admired man alive," ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius
XII. Also during 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby
recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours
allocated to recorded radio music.
Bing Crosby's recording of "White Christmas" has "sold over
100 million copies around the world, with at least 50 million
sales as singles
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an accomplished jazz clarinetist, composer,
bandleader, and writer.
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Duke Ellington and his band still stood above
the rest!
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Bebop or bop is a form of jazz characterized by fast
tempos and improvisation based on harmonic
structure rather than melody. It was developed in
the early and mid-1940s. It first surfaced in
musicians' argot some time during the first two
years of the Second World War. Hard bop later
developed from bebop combined with blues and
gospel music
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The Father of Bebop was Charlie “Bird” Parker
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The teenage girls’ heartthrob in this decade.
He managed chart hits in the 1940s, 50’s 60’s
and his last “New York, New York” in the 1970s.
Sinatra lived life in the fast lane-He loved booze
and women.
He had supposed ties to organized crime.
Academy Award winner
Ten time Grammy award winner
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a. Jackie Robinson joins the Brooklyn Dodgers
b. Robinson broke the color barrier.
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Football
a. Marion Motley-Cleveland Browns-breaks the
color barrier in professional football
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Baseball
Horse Racing
a. Citation wins the Triple Crown in 1948-The first
million dollar horse.
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Economic Boom
New Consumer products are being produced
again in 1946.
The Baby Boom-1946-64
Television-Large scale broadcasts begin in 1946.
Age of the bobbysoxer
This is the first decade that we use the
term teenager.
 The Jitterbug is the dance of the
decade.
 The G.I. Bill is introduced.
 Penicillin is introduced.
 331/3 RPM vinyl records are introduced
in 1948.
 Silly Putty-1943
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First Computer
The Polaroid Camera-1947
The Sound Barrier is broken by jet airplanes.
Radiation is used to treat cancer patients.
Inflation
The first McDonalds opened its doors in
1948.
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Commercial Television makes its strong
appearance in 1946.
1948-Texaco Star Theatre with Milton Berle.
Uncle Milty or Mr. Television.
Kukla, Fran and Ollie
Howdy Doody Time
Arthur Godfrey and Friends
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The predecessor of the fast food restaurant.
They were longer than they were wide.
Waitresses were on a first name basis with
their customers,
They had a language all there own. A type
of shorthand.
Diners were extremely popular from 19201970. They have been making a comeback.
1940s reach their peak in popularity.
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Adam & Eve on a raft:
Nervous pudding:
Put out the lights and cry:
An M.D.:
Heart Attack on a Rack:
Eve with a lid on:
Abbott and Costello:
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