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.

Life in the 1940s

Rosemary F Van Wie

And if you wanted to be really glamorous, you posed with a cigarette!

1943 San Diego CA
Clarence Berman, Robert Hogan, Steve Malick

A brief respite from the war - soldiers partying on leave. Every family album probably has a photo like this.

1944 Los Angeles
Angel Leos & Sylvester Leos

Taken on leave, this photo of brothers in the service represents most families with more than 1 son - it was common to have all of them in the service.


This family had five sons in service in WW2.
George J Rapps family

And then there were the numerous women who served as well.
Mary E Tomich

1942, South San Francisco
Ola (Webb) Lucas

And the "Rosie the Riveters" who supported the war effort.

First Ladies in the 40's

Jackie Kennedy
Jackie Bouvier

She was in high school in this 40s photo.


Barbara Bush, 1943
Barbara Bush, 1943

She was in finishing school.

The glamorous MM

Marilyn Monroe, 1940's

Marilyn Monroe, or Norma Jeane Baker, when she began modeling in the 1940s.

A real genius

Albert Einstein
Edward W Prendergast

In his 60s, he was still contributing to scientific knowledge - and would until 1955.

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