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Hot Rods Did people have smaller feet in 1941?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by the-rodster, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,541


    I can't get my foot between the side panel and the clutch pedal to press the dimmer switch in my pickup?

    What the heck?


  2. Yes folks in general where much smaller in the 40,s. The nutrition was poor and you rarely every saw real big or fat people. today you see fat & obese folks and skinny & small is rare.
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  3. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 945


    If you look at current cars you will see that they all have the dimmer switch located on the turn signal lever. Draw your own conclusion.
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  4. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,362


    Yep and as old Wolf said they were generally smaller in stature to boot. Pre WWII it was something of a big deal to be over six ft tall. If you ever get a chance to go though one of the WWII bombers that tour the country and stop at airports for show and tell you find out that the guys who flew in those had to be very slender and not all that tall. Dad was 5 10+ and probably weighed 130 when he flew in them. He also wore a size 9 shoe.
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  5. If you go to a museum and look at the war exibits . you will notice how small the uniforms where. especially the civil war guys.
  6. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 7,789


    Maybe some people were smaller. My grandpa born 1894 was 6'4" and his daddy was taller
  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 43,174


    Shoes were narrower, is the main thing :)
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  8. Cliff Ramsdell
    Joined: Dec 27, 2004
    Posts: 990

    Cliff Ramsdell

    My buddy’s father fought in WWll (including the battle of the bulge) and we were talking one evening with him. He said when he went away for basic training and came back home before being shipped overseas he put on almost 30 lbs because of nutrition and exercise. His parents didn’t recognize him.

    Yes smaller and under nourished.

    Cliff Ramsdell
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  9. irishsteve
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 349


    Try going for a long ride in a 27-34 Ford PU if you over 5 ft 10.Folks were smaller.Top chops are for show cars.
  10. A friend of mine has a 34 Ford PU hot rod. She's not a big person by any means. I'm 5'8" and I don't fit in it all that well. People were generally smaller back then, even here in Canada. o_O
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  11. oldpl8s
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,226


    Hard enough to fit my body into this, then I have to contend with my 2 big feet in a tiny compartment for the pedals. lml-32p.jpg
  12. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,064

    from Zoar, Ohio

    In my 34, I use my 2 position headlight switch as my dimmer.
    One pull turns on the low beams and the second pull turns on the high beams.
    Works well easy to reach
  13. little red 50
    Joined: Feb 19, 2011
    Posts: 132

    little red 50

    Buy a pair of cowboy boots, I think you can reach it.
  14. Flat Six Fix
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 920

    Flat Six Fix

    As time marches on in North America, bigger fatter Freddie Flintstones feet, not as narrow and slim as in earlier times...
    People in Canada and the USA are bigger and fatter than ever, as tyme goes on too..
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  15. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 5,889

    from Nicasio Ca

  16. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,419

    from Ioway

    Both literacy and the health or nutrition noticeably declined during testing compared with inductees or draftees from the "War to End All War" through to the "2nd Time Around" recruits, the government takes careful notes on such things. This shocked a lot of researchers. Rickets and other ailments from vitamin deficiencies were fairly common due to the economic collapse in the 1930s. Literacy had declined somewhat because of crackpot ideas on how to teach people to read.
  17. Flat Six Fix
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 920

    Flat Six Fix

    As is the case in our Canadian WW1 troops, maybe cause so many were nothing more than teenage boys yet, as would be the same in the Civil War I suspect..
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  18. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,465

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.

    Your a clubfooted Wookiee is why !! LOL,Don't you know how to put on cowboy boots,geez got to tell you kids every thing !
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2019
  19. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,541


    I did this on my RPU, works well

    I've got boots, but they ain't no skinnier.

    Oh, hell no!
  20. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
    Posts: 270


    Haha. I wear some engineer boots and they fit in everything. Haha

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  21. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,694

    from omaha ne.

    1940s dress shoe.
    Modern sneaker.
    Even if the feet aren't bigger the shoe certainly is.......just say no to flip flops while
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  22. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,700

    from So Cal

    I have my dad's WWII uniform, no way I could put it on. I'd say he was probably 5'9" or 5'10" and around 135lbs when he served. I'm 6' pushing 200 lbs.
  23. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,498


    Yes, try to find a small person now a days. I think it's all the hormones that they put in today's food, but I will add that most I ever weighed was when I was in basic training. Lots of training/ exercise and I never went to sleep hungry!
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2019
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  24. 34ChevyMaster
    Joined: Jul 9, 2019
    Posts: 31


    Amazing you brought that up. Yesterday in prep for steering column install in my 34 Chevy master I loaded the seat, got in and started to do my layout. I immediately told my wife that we both needed to go on a diet or hirer a driver for the car. I even bought a very narrow cheap set of tennis shoes to help with foot room. I am amazed that two folks could ride in my car for anytime. It’s also not chopped but you can’t see squat out the front window either.
    Maybe that’s why they look so cool
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  25. Los_Control
    Joined: Oct 7, 2016
    Posts: 588

    from TX

    I think we call it evolving.
    We are simply bigger now then we were then.
    Amazing when I use to live near a high school a few years ago. All the kids were pushing 200 pounds and standing on the curb with their nose looking in a phone.
    Sad, just seems to be the way things are moving.

    Think maybe there will be a lot of airplanes for sale soon, the seating just wont fit the current people.
    Those extra jet engines in a model A may be handy.
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  26. Pete1
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,649

    from Wa.

    They quit teaching penmanship also. Have you noticed how most young people hold a pen now days? Have you noticed how their writing, no, scrawling is a better word, is mostly illedgible?
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  27. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 14,988

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    the ones on the column are even worse, I can't get my foot up high enough to use them.
  28. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,419

    from Ioway

    I know! Can't even read it either.
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  29. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 9,788

    from Raytown Mo

    You guys got a bunch of 16 year olds sending you hand written notes these days? Lol
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  30. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 43,174


    Get a Step Down Hudson. Plenty of room!

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