London under blackout conditions. On 17 September 1944, the blackout was replaced by a partial “dim-out”.
The blackout began two days before the war began. Under blackout rules, everyone had to cover up their windows at night with black material. This was to make it difficult for German bombers to find their target in the dark.
The war and threat of bombing hardly stopped people from having a good time, even if an air of poignacy hangs over the whole thing.
(Photos by David E. Scherman)