Old Photos: 15 Fun & Fabulous 1940s Photos
The 1940s were turbulent times, with much of the decade being caught up in World War II. However, there were still fun and exciting things going on. Jazz music and swing dancing were wildly popular, and there were some great 1940s fashion trends. Hollywood delivered several all-time great classic films like Casablanca and It’s a Wonderful Life and the era saw the early beginnings of several new technologies, such as computers, nuclear power, and jet propulsion.
People the world over did what they could to not only make it through these troubling times, but also make them fun and lively. Take a look at these 15 fun 1940s photos and be sure to comment below.
Old Photos: Two American sailors celebrating the end of World War II. (SJSU University Archives Photographic Collection)
September 1945 – Miss America contestants at the Atlantic City Boardwalk. From left to right are Lee M. Wieland, Chicago, Ill., Miss Chicago; Barbara Lee Smith, Detroit, Mich., Miss Detroit; Bess Myerson, New York, Miss New York City; Phyllis Mathis, La Jolla, Calif., Miss San Diego; Gloria Naomi Bair, Philadelphia, Pa., Miss Philadelphia; Claire Thibadeau, Boston, Mass., Miss Boston; Rae Evelyn Crist, Miami Beach, Florida, Miss Florida and Frances Born, Birmingham, Ala., Miss Birmingham.
1940s college girl’s fashion photo from famed photographer Nina Leen. (Nina Leen)