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Industrial production nearly doubled during World War II. Agricultural production, on the other hand, dropped by 17% during the war years.33

Estimated number of motor vehicles registered in the United States in 1940: 32.4 million34
Estimated number of motor vehicles registered in the United States in 1945: 31 Million35

Number of households that owned a radio in October 1938 when Orson Welles's "War of the Worlds" was broadcast: 27.5 million36
Number of households that owned a radio in September 1945 when President Harry S. Truman announced the formal surrender of Japan: 33.1 million37

Occupations held by women in 1940 that had previously been exclusively male:

Airplane pilot
Architect
Chemical Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Metallurgical Engineer
Farm and home management advisor
Optometrist
Naval officer
Auctioneer
Cement and concrete finisher
Crane and hoist operator
Log and lumber inspector
Airplane mechanic
Roofer
Plumber
Asbestos and insulation worker
Power station operator38

Occupations held by women in 1920 that were held by far fewer women in 1940:

Accountant
Actress
Author
College president
College dean
College professor
Dietician
Musician
Music teacher
Agricultural scientist
Biological scientist
Photographer
Recreation worker
Religious worker
Psychologist
Statistician
Medical technician
Dental technician
Farmer
Bank teller
Cashier
Bill collector
Vehicle dispatcher
Office messenger
Telegraph operator
Blacksmith
Bookbinder
Carpenter
Typesetter
Machinist
Shoemaker
Tailor
Bus driver
Non-factory seamstress
Butcher
Textile spinner
Textile weaver
Taxicab driver
Washwoman (for private households)
Boardinghouse maid
Midwife39

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