US Postage Stamps in the 1940’s
The postage stamps of the United States, just like postage stamps in most of the rest of the world, include subjects related to World War II, its buildup, and its aftermath. By 1940, the Great Depression had ended, but Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party were already in power in Germany and battle lines were either being drawn or had already been crossed. For anyone with a sense of history, collecting stamps from the 1940’s can be a very worthwhile pursuit.
Technology, much of it related to military needs, saw tremendous advancement; the Forties were the decade that saw the development of radar, the jet airplane, ballistic missiles and, of course, atomic weapons, But there were other inventions, too, like the microwave oven, the transistor, and Tupperware.
There were also great movies, especially in the film noir genre, like The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep.
In literature, the 1940s brought such classics as Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Albert Camus’ The Stranger.