Bob Lind, Published January 23 2012
Lind: Reflecting on how life was different in 1941
Still, those of you who weren’t around in 1941 might take note of some facts from that year.
Last year, the nation observed the 70-year anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. That was the tragic event of 1941.
But here’s other information about 1941 that Tom Askland of Fargo, sent in. That was the year:
- The Jeep was introduced.
- The United Service Organization (USO) was organized to entertain American troops.
- Cheerios were introduced (they were called CheeriOats at first).
- Some of the top recording artists were the Andrews Sisters and the orchestras of Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Sammy Kaye and Freddy Martin.
- The Oscar for best movie went to “How Green Was My Valley.”
- The Minnesota Gophers won the national college football championship.
- One of the top books was Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
- The minimum wage was 30 cents per hour.
- The average annual salary was $2,050.
- It cost 3 cents to mail a letter.
- Milk was 34 cents a gallon; bread 8 cents a loaf.
- The average house cost $6,900.
- The average car cost $925.
- And gasoline was 19 cents a gallon.
Neighbors didn’t ask Tom if he’s changed at all since 1941.
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