50 Amazing Color Photos That Show the United States in the 1940s

The United States of America (U.S.A. or USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country primarily located in North America. It consists of 50 states, a federal district, five major unincorporated territories, 326 Indian reservations, and some minor possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million square kilometers), it is the world’s third- or fourth-largest country by geographic area. The United States shares significant land borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south as well as limited maritime borders with the Bahamas, Cuba, and Russia. With a population of more than 331 million people, it is the third most populous country in the world. The national capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City.

Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago, and European colonization began in the 16th century. The United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Disputes with Great Britain over taxation and political representation led to the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), which established the nation’s independence. In the late 18th century, the U.S. began expanding across North America, gradually obtaining new territories, sometimes through war, frequently displacing Native Americans, and admitting new states; by 1848, the United States spanned the continent. Slavery was legal in the southern United States until the second half of the 19th century, when the American Civil War led to its abolition. The Spanish–American War and World War I established the U.S. as a world power, a status confirmed by the outcome of World War II. During the Cold War, the United States fought the Korean War and the Vietnam War but avoided direct military conflict with the Soviet Union. The two superpowers competed in the Space Race, culminating in the 1969 spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. The Soviet Union’s dissolution in 1991 ended the Cold War, leaving the United States as the world’s sole superpower.

The United States is a federal presidential-constitutional republic with three separate branches of government, including a bicameral legislature. It is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, NATO, and other international organizations. It is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Considered a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, its population has been profoundly shaped by centuries of immigration. The United States ranks high in international measures of economic freedom, quality of life, education, and human rights; it has low levels of perceived corruption. However, it has been criticized for inequality related to race, wealth, and income; use of capital punishment; high incarceration rates; and lack of universal health care.

The United States is a highly developed country, accounts for approximately a quarter of global GDP, and is the world’s largest economy by GDP at market exchange rates. By value, the United States is the world’s largest importer and second-largest exporter of goods. Although its population is only 4.2% of the world’s total, it holds 29.4% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share held by any country. Making up more than a third of global military spending, it is the foremost military power in the world and internationally a leading political, cultural, and scientific force. (Wikipedia)

Colorado. Main St, Lamar, 1948
Colorado. Maxwell House, Lamar, 1948
Florida. Cypress Gardens, 1946
Florida. Downtown in Lakeland, 1946
Florida. Ferris wheels of Royal American shows at the fair, Tampa, 1946
Florida. Newsstand in Lakeland, 1945
Florida. Rexall drug store in Lakeland, 1946
Florida. Royal American shows at the fair, Tampa, 1946
Florida. Royal American shows at the fair, Tampa, 1946
Florida. Tarpon Springs, 1946
Maine. Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, 1948
Maine. South Bristol, 1948
Massachusetts. Clara’s Ship Models, Cape Cod, 1949
Massachusetts. Gloucester, 1949
Missouri. Central Hotel, Kansas City, early 1940s
Missouri. Kansas City taken from Power and Light Building, Folly Theater at top center, early 1940s
Missouri. Plaza Theater, Kansas City, 1940
Missouri. Power and Light Building at night, Kansas City, Christmas 1940
Missouri. Power and Light Building, Kansas City, circa 1940
Missouri. Power and Light Building, Kansas City, circa 1940
New Jersey. Texaco,New Brunswick, 1949
New York. Al Deppe’s restaurant, Staten Island, 1947
New York. Card Seed Co. fire, Freedonia, 1948
New York. Citizens Bank, Fredonia, 1946
New York. Citizens Bank, Fredonia, July 1946
New York. Firehouse and church, Fredonia, 1941
New York. Main St, Fredonia, May 30, 1946
New York. New York World’s Fair, 1940
New York. New York World’s Fair, 1940
New York. Shoemanthal’s Gulf station and garage, Fredonia, 1948
New York. VE day at Bakers Square, Fredonia, 1945
New York. VE Day, Main St, Fredonia, May 8th, 1945
Ohio. Parade in Hudson, 1940
Ohio. Street scene of Athens, 1948
On the Main Street of Cascade, Idaho, 1941
Delta County, Colorado. Hay stack and automobiles of peach pickers, 1940
Santa Fe R.R. yard at night, Kansas City, Kansas, 1943
Santa Fe streamliner Super Chief being serviced at the depot in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1943
40th Street Shop, Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, 1942
Women employed as roundhouse wipers having lunch, Chicago & North Western Railroad, Clinton, Iowa, 1943
Chicago & North Western rail-yard, Chicago, Illinois, 1942
A winter afternoon in the North Proviso yardmaster’s office, Chicago & North Western Railroad, 1942
Viola Sievers, one of the wipers at the Chicago & North Western roundhouse, giving a giant “H” class locomotive a bath of live steam at Clinton, Iowa, 1943
Freight depot of the Army consolidating station at Chicago, 1943
Burning autumn leaves along Broadway in Norwich, Connecticut, 1940
B-25 bomber assembly hall, North American Aviation, Kansas City, 1942
Engine inspector for North American Aviation at Long Beach, California, 1942
At the Pie Town Fair in New Mexico, 1940
Serving the barbecue dinner at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair, 1940
General Merchandise store, Main Street, Pie Town, New Mexico, 1940

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