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.Continue Reading
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
Some classic country songs from the 1940s include "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" by Bill Monroe and "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" by Tex Williams. A few other hits were "Slippin' Around" by Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely, and "Pistol Packin' Mama" by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.Full Answer >
Women in the 1940s often wore hairstyles such as the pompadour, the victory roll, or the peek-a-boo bang, while men's hair was typically slicked back or with a side part. Hair accessories used by women in the 1940s included hair grips for holding rolls in place, slides for keeping hair off to the side and ribbons for adding decorative flair to the back area of the hair.Full Answer >
Planning a 1940s party requires establishing a theme, and one such theme is a Hollywood theme. My Party Planner recommends sending Hollywood-themed invitations asking party-goers to wear a costume related to their favorite Hollywood stars from that decade, such as Humphrey Bogart or Joan Crawford.Full Answer >
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 >