Life in the 1940s

Created on Sep 27, 2018 by Kathy Pinna
From World War 2 through the declaration of peace and into the birth of the Baby Boomers, life in the 1940s wasn't easy. But our parents and grandparents lived their lives with courage, honor, and great optimism about the future. The war was over, the Depression was over, the Dust Bowl was gone - almost 20 years of tough challenges - and life was good again. These are the photos of them, what they lived through, and what they did.


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Life in the 1940s

The new generation at play

A toy car in the mid '40s

And a different kind of "helmet" than today!

1945 Michigan

When women went out in public, they were fashionable from head to toe. Certainly no sweats!!

A grown up Shirley Temple.

1945 - after the war and encased in mink.

World War II pin-up

While this isn't a "pin-up" photo of her, her "glamour" photo was aptly named!

Buddies in the '40s

These teens look so clean cut!

1943 Canada

During WW2, throughout the world, millions of men were married in their uniforms.

1945 Texas

He proposed to her during the last days of WW2. He was a Navy pilot in the war.

Our "elder brothers" - 1943

"Baby Boomers" were the huge influx of babies who were born between 1946 and 1964. The war was done, peace was upon us, men were home, and their parents "made whoopie".

1942 hair salon

Once a week, get all dressed up, go to the salon, and get your hair and nails done. You had to have money!

Original Toni Twins


"Which twin has the Toni" - home permanents became the rage and Toni was the newest product. Previous to Toni's home perms, it was about $15 to get curls in a salon - it was $2 for a Toni Kit. But oh, the smell!!

August 1945

Glamor wasn't just on the silver screen - our mothers and grandmothers were glamorous every day.

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