17 Historical Photographs of Life in the 1940s

The following photographs depict American life in the 1940s. Lacking a specific theme, they’re a rather random look at the rarely celebrated everyday life.

 

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Miss America contestants in 1945.

Miss America contestants in 1945.

 

1940s sweethearts.

1940s sweethearts.

 

Trying to stay cool in the summer, NYC, 1943.

Trying to stay cool in the summer, NYC, 1943.

 

Two sailors celebrating the end of WWll.

Two sailors celebrating the end of WWll.

 

Ladies looking fabulous on their bikes.

Ladies looking fabulous on their bikes.

 

Salvador Dali painting "The Face of War", 1941.

Salvador Dali painting

 

"Skate to work, save gas".

 

Red Cross women dancing with soldiers.

Red Cross women dancing with soldiers.

 

At the Venice Pier Fun House in 1940. As the bowl spins, people fight for leverage to stay in the center.

At the Venice Pier Fun House in 1940. As the bowl spins, people fight for leverage to stay in the center.

 

Swing dancing in the 1940s.

Swing dancing in the 1940s.

 

 

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