Scenes from 1941 America

1941 was a year of incredible change for the United States. Culturally, it was the year when both  Captain America and Wonder Women published their first issues, Citizen Kane and Dumbo premiered, and the National Gallery of Art opened. The hourly minimum wage was a mere $.30, a pound of butter $.38, and 2-door Pontiac sedan $874. A strongly isolationist country seeking to avoid foreign entanglements, particularly the fight across the Atlantic, by year end, the US would enter the Second World War following the bombing at Pearl Harbor, irreversibly changing the course of the nation and the American people.

With these images below of American people, work, and play, we hope to offer a brief glimpse of what life was like in 1941 America.