Entertainment and pop culture of the 1940s were heavily influenced by World War II. The need for news about the war turned radio into a mass medium. An estimated 90 million Americans went to the movies every week and watched live-action and animated films that often featured war themes. Popular music began focusing on themes of loss and love.Know More
In America, the radio became the center of entertainment and news alike. Listeners who tired of war news could switch to another program and tune into broadcasts of quiz shows, soap operas, dramas, and more. The most famous radio show was the Lux Radio Theater, which was performed live on stage in front of a studio audience. The program lasted an hour and starred famous Hollywood personalities who performed an hour-long version of a movie. During the '50s the program was retooled into the Lux Video Theater for TV.
In Nazi Germany, teenagers disaffected with the government started using jazz music to fight back. They were known as the Swing Kids and parodied the Nazi party. Swing Kids were mostly upper-middle class German teens who had access to banned jazz music and rejected the Hitler Youth propaganda. During a raid in 1941, the Nazis arrested 300 of these teens during a raid and sent the more prominent figures to concentration camps.Learn more about US History
Boys in the 1940s commonly wore trousers or shorts with long socks and blazers, while young girls wore short dresses. Babies during the 1940s wore gowns, vests, bonnets and booties. Toddlers would wear overalls, jersey suits and buster suits.Full Answer >
During the 1940s, women often wore tailored suits, knee-length skirts, blouses with padded shoulders or slacks. In the late '40s, the style began to better acknowledge the feminine form.Full Answer >
Entertainment in the 1800s consisted of activities associated with urban and country areas. People in urban areas began to find department stores ripe for enjoyment. Those who lived in country areas, mostly out west, relied on more modest forms of entertainment like reading.Full Answer >
Some of the most well-known and notorious gangsters of the 1940s included Al Capone, Frank Costello, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel and Tony Accardo. These men did their dirty work mostly in Chicago.Full Answer >