1940s

Coca-Cola Signs

Coca-Cola Signs

On January 31, 1893, Coca-Cola became a registered trademark, launching what would come to be one of the most recognized brands in the world. via Time
City life of Hong Kong in 1945

City life of Hong Kong in 1945

By the end of the war in 1945, Hong Kong had been liberated by joint British and Chinese troops. The population of Hong Kong had shrunk to 600,000; less than half of the pre-war population of 1.6 million due to scarcity of food and emigration. The communist revolution in China in 1949 led to another population boom in Hong Kong.…
Chicago’s first Hollywood premiere in 1940

Chicago’s first Hollywood premiere in 1940

Rain did not prevent thousands of Chicagoans from gathering on State Street on the night of Oct. 24, 1940, to catch a glimpse of Hollywood movie stars as they arrived for the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s film, “North West Mounted Police”, starring Gary Cooper and Madeleine Carroll. It was Chicago’s first Hollywood premiere and was held at both the…
Marilyn Monroe doing Yoga in 1948

Marilyn Monroe doing Yoga in 1948

Marilyn Monroe, best known for being a mid-century sex symbol, is rarely thought of as a fitness icon, but during a 1952 interview with LIFE magazine, she revealed that she exercised regularly. Monroe was a devotee of yoga and enjoyed practicing. It was a fact she didn’t publicise much and there are few photographic records of her doing yoga. However,…
The Great Blizzard of 1947 in New York City

The Great Blizzard of 1947 in New York City

In December 1947, a huge, historic storm dumped record levels of snow on the northeastern United States. The Great Blizzard of 1947 was a snowfall that began on Christmas without prediction and brought the northeastern United States to a standstill. The snowstorm was described as the worst blizzard after 1888. The storm was not accompanied by high winds, but the…
London transport in the 1940s

London transport in the 1940s

In all the history of transport in London, there are periods that could be considered with the benefit of hindsight to be pivotal. Years such as 1933, with the creation of the London Passenger Transport Board; 1952, with the running of the final trams and 1962, with the last trolleybus conversion, were undoubtedly significant years, but it is hard to…
Berlin in Ruins in 1945

Berlin in Ruins in 1945

After the war ends on 8 May 1945, much of Berlin is nothing but rubble: 600,000 apartments have been destroyed, and only 2.8 million of the city’s original population of 4.3 million still live in the city. In accordance with an agreement signed by the Allies, the city is divided into four sectors and administered jointly by the occupying powers,…