FDR was President and the first peacetime draft had gone into effect. A gallon of milk cost you $0.51 and gas only $0.18 a gallon! Minimum wage was $0.30 an hour and the average income just $1,906 a year. Fantasia, The Grapes of Wrath, and Pinocchio were in theaters and the Lindy Hop and Zoot Suits were all the rage!
Do you know what your family was doing?
The 1940 census was recently digitized and for the first time ever, will be released on line today to the public. If you know where your family lived in 1940, you can access their census data, free of charge, to gain all types of insights into their daily life.
For more information on the 1940 census project, check out the video here.
To go directly to the census, visit: www.1940census.archives.gov