First thing that comes to mind when you think of the 40s

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05 Apr 2018, 10:17 pm

The first commercial TV sets being brought into American homes during the later part of the 40s.


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06 Apr 2018, 2:50 am

The rebuilding of Europe


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World War 2, and how much different the war would have been if Hitler had accepted Molotov's offer for the Soviet Union/USSR to join the Axis Powers.



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06 Apr 2018, 9:15 am

Olympic Games cancelled in 1940 and 1944 due to WWII.

In 1948 (London), several great athletes debuted: Emil Zatopek, Alain Mimoun, the Jamaican 4 x 100 relay team and, as an alternate, Roger Bannister. In the 1950s, all of these athletes would really make their breakthroughs.



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06 Apr 2018, 7:22 pm

Fashion, and WWII, and women who filled-in on men's jobs, while they were fighting the war (I have a very fond memory of the story about my mother climbing up on U.S. war planes and affixing the U.S. flag decal to them).









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07 Apr 2018, 4:24 am

The Little Rascals


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07 Apr 2018, 4:25 pm

The blackout in London and other major European cities.


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20 Oct 2018, 11:44 am

Vanport, which was an Oregon city destroyed in a flood in 1948.


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20 Oct 2018, 12:16 pm

World War 2, Nazis, Japanese Imperialists, The Holocaust, Atomic Bombs, racial segregation, USO girls, domestic housewives, working fathers who always had a pipe in their mouth, their 2.3 kids (a brother, sister, and maybe a baby), married couples sleeping in seperate beds on TV, lots of people openly drinking and smoking, poodle skirts, and black and white TV shows and movies.

Some of that stuff I listed may have been more common in the 1950's but I think it was around in the 1940's too.



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20 Oct 2018, 12:37 pm

Televisions coming into houses and radio shows being replaced with TV shows. The TVs were black-in-white, had only 3 channels and houses typically just had one TV inside.



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20 Oct 2018, 2:05 pm

In postwar America we were all getting new electrical appliances.

In 1947 someone wrote a sci fi short story entitled "A Logic Named Joe" about a new appliance called "a logic" that will be next big thing every household will have to have. A "logic" is...well...its kinda hard to explain. Its kinda like a TV set, but a TV set with a typewriter keyboard attached. You type in questions and it answers them by....connecting to a global system of...kind of a ….world wide web thing. Can you image THAT? Crazy! :lol:



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20 Oct 2018, 2:11 pm

WW II
Big band era
Women working men’s jobs in n factories
Japanese kamakzi pilots
German nazis, Jewish people captured, tortured and murdered


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20 Oct 2018, 5:02 pm

Frank Sinatra and his bobby soxers
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20 Oct 2018, 5:04 pm

Were greaser gangs around in the 1940's?

You know? Those trouble-making teenage boys wearing leather jackets and blue jeans who carried switchblades and had pompadour hairstyles?



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20 Oct 2018, 5:08 pm

TW1ZTY wrote:
Were greaser gangs around in the 1940's?

You know? Those trouble-making teenage boys wearing leather jackets and blue jeans who carried switchblades and had pompadour hairstyles?


They are more associated with the 1950s and the birth of rock'n'roll


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21 Oct 2018, 11:04 am

pineapples being exotic here, and canned pineapple was something housewives bused to Sweden to buy in the 40's / 50's


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