Inventions from the 1940's-1950's that Shaped Culture!

In the 1940's to 1950's there were many inventions that influenced American culture greatly. Five of them were duct tape, the microwave, the atomic bomb, the Jeep, and the jukebox. These five inventions changed and improved many peoples lives.

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During 1945, the microwave oven was invented by Percey Spencer. It was first sold in 1947 after World War 2. It changed peoples lives and made it easier to cook food and it was a more fast and efficient way of cooking food. The first microwave oven was named "The Radarange", although the shortened name for it is a microwave. It is a kitchen appliance that heats food, by its electromagnetic radiation. Microwaves are mostly used to heat up foods or cook foods that come out of the freezer to thaw them. A benefit of having a microwave back then, is that you could set the time for how long the item cooks. You can also re-heat object, like food that's already been cooked but became cold over time.

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The atomic bomb was invented in 1945 by the United States. At this time it was towards the end of WWII which lasted from 1939-1945. The Atomic bomb affected culture greatly. After we got involved in the war because of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese we became the first and only country to drop the atomic bomb. After, many Americans had mixed emotions. Some were angry because we killed thousands of innocent people. Others were relieved or happy because we got revenge on them for attacking the United States. As a result, today, the United States is one of the most powerful countries in the world.

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The Jeep, was invented in the 1940s. The jeep had influenced culture in this time because it was invented as early as WWI. The U.S. had been looking for a fast, lightweight vehicle to use in the war. The Axis powers had began to score victories in Europe and North Africa in the early 1940s very quickly. The need for a vehicle had became really urgent. The U.S. Army had called American automobile manufacturers for a running prototype for such a vehicle, and it insisted that it would be ready in just 49 days. Willys-Overland delivered the prototype, to the U.S. Army on Veteran’s Day on November of 1940. The design was completed in 75 days. He had called it the “Jeep”.

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The jukebox was invented in 1948 by Robert Hope-Jones. The jukebox affects culture because its placed in restraunts, diners, and clubs around the world. The jukebox is a coin operated music player and is decorated on the outside, and most have lights. When using a jukebox you can select which song you would like to play. During the time the jukebox came out, it was really popular for teenagers. Also, the jukebox was the first coin operated machine to play music. The term "jook", means to dance. So that's why its named a jukebox.

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