19 Interesting Vintage Photographs That Show What Spring Break Looked Like in Southern California in the 1940s

Back in 1947, when LIFE accompanied 10,000 young men and women to Balboa Beach in Southern California for spring break, the shenanigans wouldn’t have scored any higher than a PG rating. Daylight brought beachside dancing, boat races, beauty pageants and sunbathing. The evening hours found students aglow in the warmth of bonfires as portable radiosContinue reading “19 Interesting Vintage Photographs That Show What Spring Break Looked Like in Southern California in the 1940s”

Vintage Photographs of Zorita – the Classic Burlesque Snake Dancer, in the 1930s and 1940s

The original bad girl of burlesque, and the dancer who popularized the use of live snakes, Zorita was a 1940s glamour girl. Known for her original and raunchy dances, Zorita was recognizable by the blonde streaks she often had in her black hair. Born Kathryn Boyd in Youngstown, Ohio in 1915, she was adopted byContinue reading “Vintage Photographs of Zorita – the Classic Burlesque Snake Dancer, in the 1930s and 1940s”

32 Interesting Vintage Photographs Showing the Ruins of Berlin During the Late 1940s

In 1916, photographer Arthur Bondar heard that the family of a Soviet war photographer was selling his negatives. The photographer, Valery Faminsky, had worked for the Soviet Army and kept his negatives from Ukraine and Germany meticulously archived until his death in 2011. Mr. Bondar had seen many books and several exhibits of World WarContinue reading “32 Interesting Vintage Photographs Showing the Ruins of Berlin During the Late 1940s”

45 Glamorous Photos of Ava Gardner in the 1940s and 1950s

Born 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, American actress and singer Ava Gardner was signed to a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1941, and appeared mainly in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in The Killers (1946). Gardner appeared in several high-profile films from the 1940s to 1970s, including The Hucksters (1947), Show BoatContinue reading “45 Glamorous Photos of Ava Gardner in the 1940s and 1950s”

51 Vintage Photos Showing Life in Amsterdam in the Late 1940s

Born 1913, Dutch photojournalist Ben van Meerendonk worked at the General Dutch Photo Press Office of Sem Presser in the late 1930s, but was prohibited from practicing his profession during the Second World War. In 1945, he founded the Algemeen Hollands Fotopersbureau (AHF). Van Meerendonk mainly photographed in the forties, fifties and sixties, and deliveredContinue reading “51 Vintage Photos Showing Life in Amsterdam in the Late 1940s”

26 Fascinating Vintage Photos of Ernest Hemingway With His Beloved Cats

Being a “cat person” comes with an unfortunate stigma. But that was definitely not the case for Ernest Hemingway. The manliest man to ever hit the literary scene had a soft spot in his heart for felines. One of his companions was a six-toed white cat named Snowball, a white polydactyl kitten that Hemingway receivedContinue reading “26 Fascinating Vintage Photos of Ernest Hemingway With His Beloved Cats”

45 Glamorous Photos of Actress & Singer Gloria Grahame in the 1940s and Early 1950s

Born 1923 in Los Angeles, California, American stage, film, and television actress and singer Gloria Grahame began her acting career in theatre, and in 1944, made her first film for MGM. Despite a featured role in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), MGM did not believe she had the potential for major success, and sold herContinue reading “45 Glamorous Photos of Actress & Singer Gloria Grahame in the 1940s and Early 1950s”

The Dieppe Raid, 19 August 1942

Operation Jubilee or the Dieppe Raid (19 August 1942) was an Allied amphibious attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe in northern France, during the Second World War. Over 6,050 infantry, predominantly Canadian, supported by a regiment of tanks, were put ashore from a naval force operating under protection of Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters.Continue reading “The Dieppe Raid, 19 August 1942”