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Growing Up in the 40s & 50s



LET'S LOOK BACK ON THE LIFE OF OUR YOUTH through a series of videos. Most are from a group called "Life in America," and none are from Roseland itself. They do, however, reflect somewhat accurately what our lives were like. But first, a brief history lesson.


Snapshot: The 40s 

The 1940s analyzes the impact of U.S. participation in World War II and the major domestic developments at home. Emphasis is on the events happening at home to support the war efforts, such as women and minorities in the workforce and the internment of Japanese-Americans who lived in the western United States.




Snapshot: The 50s
The 1950s traces immigration patterns, post-World War II prosperity, the space race and McCarthyism.







Good Humor Ice Cream Trucks

One of the best parts of summer as a kid, was hearing the ice cream truck jingle coming down the road. Between the 1930’s and 1970s, it more than likely was a Good Humor Ice Cream truck, which was an icon of summertime joy for American youth.





Classic Cars of the 40s and 50s




Fun with Bazooka Bubble Gum

A look back at Bazooka Bubble Gum and its comic character Bazooka Joe and his gang. From post war penny candy to a throwback favorite, Bazooka has been a favorite for decades.



Did you ever get bubble gum in your hair or did your bubble ever burst on your face?

I got bubble gum in my boyfriend's hair. Can't remember how but his hair was long in front like Elvis's of course. He was a sweet guy so it was not a problem ..just a mess!

I got both. Got bubble gum in my hair at a Cub's game at Wrigley, thrown from up above. My husband & I were there with our daughter & son. However, at least the Cubs won the game! As far as the bubble bursting on my face, it had to be 5th or 6th grade while I was out with my friends......we just all had a good laugh.



Penny Candies

A look back at penny candy during the 20th century. Popular penny candies introduced over the years included: caramels, Milk Duds, Charleston Chews, Mary Janes, Mike and Ikes, Smarties, Pixie Sticks, Root Beer Barrels, Bit - o - Honey, Bazooka Bubble Gum, Bottle Caps, licorice, Jawbreakers, Candy Buttons and Sugar Daddys.





Classic Toys of the 1950s and Outside Fun

A look back at classic toys from the 1950s. From Barbie's, bikes, and Hula Hoops to board games, jumping rope, and playing with Play Doe, this was a great time to grow up.





Toys from the 40s

The 1940s saw some toys come on the market that were actually considered a mistake, and yet they are still popular today. This video is about some of the most popular toys of the 1940s.