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The end of World War II in Asia occurred on August 14/15, 1945 Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers.

The 1940s got swallowed up in World War II. Many baseball players and other celebrities went to war, and much of American culture was focused around it.


By 1941, simple things like raw materials such as steel, rubber, silk, oil, and fabrics were in short supply. Automobile manufacturers converted their factories to build airplanes, tanks, and other military vehicles. Clothing manufacturers made uniforms for the military. Shortages changed the way civilian goods were designed. In order to use less fabric, clothes became tighter and more versatile.

The typewriter, record player, penicillin and bikini were all invented before 1945.

In America, the radio became the center of entertainment and news. Listeners who tired of war news could switch to another program and tune into broadcasts of quiz shows, soap operas, dramas, and more.

Or if you were tired of listning to the radio an estimated 90 million Americans went to the movies every week and watched live-action and animated films that often featured war themes.

Fashion in the 1940s was a good mix of comfort and glamour. There were specific outfits that were meant for specific times of the day. Some of their designs look downright modern even by today’s standards.

Men were still pretty dressed up. Suits, ties and hats were commonplace in public.

Women wore dresses and skirts — they still didn’t wear slacks yet until the 1949.

Coco Chanel.

Elvis Presley


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