1940s

Vintage: Celebrities and Fashion (1940s)

Vintage: Celebrities and Fashion (1940s)

With the start of the war and a strict rationing on fabric, dresses in the 1940s became shorter. Whereas the 1930s featured dresses down to mid calf, the 1940s brought them up to knee length. The war also affected the top of the dress. 1940s Style Women’s Dress and Accesssories | 1940s Fashion for Women Women’s clothes took on a…
Vintage: Fashion in Paris (1944)

Vintage: Fashion in Paris (1944)

With the start of World War II life changed for the world. Women were required to make a contribution to the war effort and with women working, a huge impact happened to fashion. After decades of freedom and opulence, economic constraints and a feeling of social responsibility hit the fashion world creating a new utility and austerity: women were in…
Vintage: Fashion of 1940s and 1950s by Nina Leen

Vintage: Fashion of 1940s and 1950s by Nina Leen

Nina Leen was a Russian-born American photographer, a constant contributor to Life. Nobody knows how old Nina Leen was when she died, in 1995. Judging from her obituary, information about Leen is scarce. She lived in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland before moving to the U.S., where she became one of Life magazine’s first female photographers, in the nineteen-forties. She shot…
Vintage: Traffic control in occupied Poland (1940-1941)

Vintage: Traffic control in occupied Poland (1940-1941)

Under the terms of two decrees by Hitler (8 October and 12 October 1939), large areas of western Poland were annexed to Germany. These included all the territories which Germany had lost under the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, such as the Polish Corridor, West Prussia and Upper Silesia, but also a large area of indisputably Polish territory east of these…
Vintage: Nazi Christmas party (1941)

Vintage: Nazi Christmas party (1941)

The Nazi Christmas was far from traditional. After taking power in 1933, Nazi ideologues initially renamed the Christmas festival Julfest, and propagated its Germanic origins as the celebration of the winter solstice. These ideologists also claimed that the Christian elements of the holiday had been superimposed upon ancient Germanic traditions. They argued that Christmas Eve originally had nothing to do…
Vintage: First Atomic Bomb Tested (July 16, 1945)

Vintage: First Atomic Bomb Tested (July 16, 1945)

Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted by the United States Army on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. The exact origin of the code name “Trinity” for the test is unknown, but it is often attributed to Oppenheimer as a reference to the poetry of John Donne, which in…
Vintage: Classic Portraits of actress Gene Tierney (1940s)

Vintage: Classic Portraits of actress Gene Tierney (1940s)

Photo collection of classic portraits of actress Gene Tierney (1940s). Gene Eliza Tierney (1920 – 1991) was an American film and stage actress. Acclaimed as a great beauty, she became established as a leading lady. Tierney was best known for her portrayal of the title character in the film Laura (1944), and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best…
Glass-Plate Group Portraits from Romania (1940s)

Glass-Plate Group Portraits from Romania (1940s)

Amazing collection of group portraits by Romanian photographer Costică Acsinte. Costică Acsinte was born 4th of July, 1897 in a small village called Perieți, Ialomița County, Costică Acsinte fought in WWI. Despite his formation as a pilot, he was a official war photographer till 15th of June, 1920. As soon as the war was over he opened a studio —…
Vintage: City Life of New York City by Fred Stein (1940s)

Vintage: City Life of New York City by Fred Stein (1940s)

Fred Stein was born on July 3, 1909 in Dresden, Germany. As a teenager he was deeply interested in politics and became an early anti-Nazi activist. He was a brilliant student, and went to Leipzig University, full of humanist ideals, to study law. He obtained a law degree in an impressively short time, but was denied admission to the German…
Vintage: Daily Life in the Warsaw Ghetto (summer of 1941)

Vintage: Daily Life in the Warsaw Ghetto (summer of 1941)

Average food rations in 1941 for Jews in Warsaw were limited to 184 calories, compared to 699 calories for gentile Poles and 2,613 calories for Germans. Unemployment was a major problem in the ghetto. Illegal workshops were created to manufacture goods to be sold illegally on the outside and raw goods were smuggled in, often by children. Hundreds of four-…
Vintage: Photos of American women in World War II

Vintage: Photos of American women in World War II

During World War II, approximately 400,000 U.S. women served with the armed forces and more than 460 – some sources say the figure is closer to 543 – lost their lives as a result of the war, including 16 from enemy fire. However, the U.S. decided not to use women in combat because public opinion would not tolerate it. Women…
Vintage: The Adhesive Bras (1949)

Vintage: The Adhesive Bras (1949)

In May 1949, a few short years after the end of the second world war, a daring innovation in beachwear was debuted on Jones Beach, New York. The purpose of the invention of his new brassieres, called Posĕs (pronounced “pose-ease”), was to allow a sunbather to achieve an even suntan. The adhesive brassiere, the brainchild of “Yaleman” industrialist Charles L…
Vintage: Female Firefighters (1916 – 1942)

Vintage: Female Firefighters (1916 – 1942)

Some consider fighting fires to be a man’s job, but as long ago as the bucket brigades of the 19th century, women have bravely played an important – if sometimes invisible – role in firefighting. A collection below features 23 stunning black and white photographs of female firefighters from between the 1920s and 1940s.