50 Amazing Color Photos That Capture Life in the US During the Late 1930s and 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 nine minor outlying islands.[ At nearly 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million square kilometers), it is the world’s fourth-largest country by land area and third-largest by total area. The United States shares land borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south as well as maritime borders with the Bahamas, Cuba, and Russia, among others. With 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 and financial center 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. Slavery of African-Americans 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, and the aftermath of World War II left the United States and the Soviet Union as the world’s two superpowers. During the Cold War, both countries fought in the Korean and Vietnam War but avoided direct armed conflict. The two nations competed in the Space Race, culminating in the 1969 American 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. In the post–Cold War era, the United States has engaged in several conflicts in the Middle East.

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Man with the Radio Amateur’s Handbook is dated 1939 and hot off the press in late 1938, taken at the United States Naval Academy (USNA), Maryland, December 1938
USNA Class of ’42 Midshipman and future war hero, on leave in 1940, does Corpsman duty
USNA Midshipman, Class of ’42 on leave, June 23, 1940
This football game between the USNA and William & Mary College is played at Farragut Field on the grounds of the USNA in the September 27, 1941
USNA Navy vs William & Mary at Farragut Field, September 27, 1941
1943 Bremerton camera testing
Bailey’s Grocery, August 1943
Four of the five friends who bonded their friendship in grammar school in 1928 or 1929, August 15, 1943
Friend’s wedding, August 15, 1943
On leave from the Pacific in WWII, September 1943
On leave in 1943
WWII USA, patriotic bicycle parade (no gasoline), August 1943
WWII USA, using wisely what little gas we had under rationing, 1943
A new baby and old war mark, Christmas 1944
Christmas 1944
November 1944 just off campus near the USNA
The young boy looks taller with the 5′ tall grandfather, February 1944
An old black Chevy in the snow at the USNA, 1945
At the USNA, 1945
Eastport Apartments (1944), coal heated before we moved onto the campus (USNA) in steam heated housing, 1945
From Washington Monument, April 1945
Hamoja Village at the USNA, 1945
January of 1945 on the USNA campus
3306 Mission Blvd, Mission Beach, San Diego, CA, 1946
Family portrait at Mission Beach, San Diego, CA, November 1946
Mr. Helge Anderson was a big Swede who could still lift an automobile engine past 50 years old, Los Angeles, 1946
The seawall in Mission Beach, San Diego, CA, November 1946
These kids haven’t turned three yet, San Diego, CA, October 28, 1946
1947 trip past cave dweller ruins
3306 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA just after WWII, 1947
3306 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA just after WWII, 1947
“At least I have my bear!”, 1947
Boy was having fun, San Diego, CA, March 1947
Del Dios, CA, above Hernandez Hideaway, August 1947
Easter 1947
Easter 1947
Easter 1947
Family portrait, 1947
Just after WWII in the Mission Beach area of San Diego, CA, 1947
One of the little girls became Miss National City, circa 1947
Portrait of two young women, 1947
The boardwalk in Mission Beach, San Diego, CA, 1947
These pony rides were off highway US 80 (now I-8) below the old William Templeton Johnson mansion, San Diego, California, 1947
These pony rides were off highway US 80 (now I-8) below the old William Templeton Johnson mansion, San Diego, California, 1947
Young woman in Easter fashion of 1947 at 9661 Lev Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 1947
Formerly part of Lake Hodges, I-15 is right here today just south of Escondido, CA, 1948
After Easter egg hunt, Easter, April 17, 1949
Lady sitting on the chair, January 1949
The California Redwoods in 1949
Youngest son at 6 months, March 1949

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