17 photos that will make you see the 1940s differently

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17 photos that will make you see the 1940s differently

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With much of the decade dominated by World War II, the 1940s have not gone down in history as the happiest of times. But the 40s had much more to them than war. Swing dancing, jazz, fabulous fashion, classic film, and even the first computer all helped to define the decade as well.

People of the 1940s did the best they could to smile through the tough times. Take a look at these photos from 40s to see what we mean.

Miss America contestants in 1945

Miss America contestants in 1945.

1940s couple

1940s sweethearts

 

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Trying to stay cool in the summer, NYC, 1943

Two Sailors celebrating the end of WWll

Two sailors celebrating the end of WWll.

Trendy 1940's ladies on their bikes

Ladies looking fabulous on their bikes.

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Salvador Dalí painting “The Face of War”, 1941.

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Skate to work, save gas!

Red cross girls dancing with soldiers

Red Cross women dancing with soldiers.

Film players 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.

 

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Swing dancing in the 1940s

cool swimsuits in the 1940s

1940s men hamming it up in Victorian bathing suits

A group of 1940s female students doing their schoolwork while drinking some Coca Cola

A group of 1940s students doing their schoolwork while drinking some Coca Cola.
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1940s Navy diver

1940s forced perspective

Cool camera trickery in 1945

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Danish explorer Peter Freuchen and his wife Dagmar Freuchen Gale, 1947

 

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Tattoo parlor, 1942

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Marlyn Wescoff and Ruth Lichterman reprogramming ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic computer, in 1946.

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Hi I am an old hippie, a "beat" poet and novelist, and digital artist. I was co -editor and publisher of "Alpha Beat Press" alpha beat soup, bouillabaisse and cokefish and cokefishing in alpha beat soup with my late husband Dave Christy. My novel "eeenie meenie minee moe is for sale on amazon books. my other blogs are http://tilliespuncturedromance.wordpress.com about humor and the weird. The blog is named after a Charlie Chaplin movie. https://concretebologna.wordpress.com a blog about world art.

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  1. Thanks so much for this very illuminating glance into the domestic side of the 1940s–these photos are priceless. I found out about it through GP Cox and have reblogged it on my WP blog: PT Boat Red–about my father’s days on the Navy’s PT Boats in WWII. I’m sure my readers will thoroughly enjoy it and I’m glad to share your fine work with my network. I’ll be sure to follow your work going forward–thanks again! Steve Stahley

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  2. I came here from pacific paratrooper blog – and wanted to say this was enlightening – the students drinking coke felt like a staged ad – but it was still good – and s many fun photos – peace!

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