20 Rare Color Photographs of the Continuation War from the Early 1940s

The Continuation War, also known as Second Soviet-Finnish war, was a conflict fought by Finland and Nazi Germany, against the Soviet Union (USSR) from 1941 to 1944, as a part of World War II. In Soviet historiography, the war was called the Finnish Front of the Great Patriotic War. Germany regarded its operations in theContinue reading “20 Rare Color Photographs of the Continuation War from the Early 1940s”

28 Vintage Photographs of Troops Celebrating the Holidays During World War II

Christmas is a time when normal routine is suspended for many people – and so it was in the depths of World War II. For civilians and military alike during the 1939-45 period, normality was a loose concept, but these vintage photos show how they attempted to put on a brave face and observe someContinue reading “28 Vintage Photographs of Troops Celebrating the Holidays During World War II”

49 Amazing Vintage Photos Showing Life in the United States During the Early 1940s

Born 1914 as Jacob Ovcharov in Voroshilovka, Podolie Governorate, Russian Empire (now Vorošýlivka, Ukraine) and moved, with his parents and younger brother, to the United States in 1923, American photographer Jack Delano worked for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and was also a composer noted for his use of Puerto Rican folk material. After graduatingContinue reading “49 Amazing Vintage Photos Showing Life in the United States During the Early 1940s”

Anne Frank: Her Life in Pictures

Annelies Marie Frank (12 June 1929 – c. February 1945) was a German-Dutch diarist of Jewish heritage. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the 1947 publication of The Diary of a Young Girl (originally Het Achterhuis in Dutch; English: The Secret Annex), in which she documentsContinue reading “Anne Frank: Her Life in Pictures”

Bomber Jacket Art: U.S. Air Force Pilots Personalized Nose Art on Their A-2 Flight Jackets During World War II

The Type A-2 leather flight jacket is an American military flight jacket originally invented and developed for and closely associated with World War II U.S. Army Air Forces pilots, navigators and bombardiers, who often decorated their jackets with squadron patches and elaborate artwork painted on the back. Sometimes casually referred to as a bomber jacket,Continue reading “Bomber Jacket Art: U.S. Air Force Pilots Personalized Nose Art on Their A-2 Flight Jackets During World War II”

44 Amazing Color Photographs of Paris in the Early 1940s

The Military Administration in France was an interim occupation authority established by Nazi Germany during World War II. It remained in existence from May 1940 to December 1944. As a result of the defeat of France and its Allies in the Battle of France, the French cabinet sought a cessation of hostilities. These photographs wereContinue reading “44 Amazing Color Photographs of Paris in the Early 1940s”

20 Vintage Photos Capture the Heartache of Wartime Farewells at the Pennsylvania Station, New York City in April 1943

They stand in front of the gates leading to the trains, deep in each other’s arms, not caring who sees or what they think. Each goodbye is a drama complete in itself. Sometimes the girl stands with arms around the boys’ waist, hands tightly clasped behind. Another fits her head into the curve of hisContinue reading “20 Vintage Photos Capture the Heartache of Wartime Farewells at the Pennsylvania Station, New York City in April 1943”

As the Allies Approached Berlin, Citizens Did Their Best to Take Care of Berlin Zoo’s Animals

Opened on 1 August 1844, the Zoologischer Garten Berlin was the first zoo in Germany. The aquarium opened in 1913. The first animals were donated by Frederick William IV, King of Prussia, from the menagerie and pheasantry of the Tiergarten. The nearby U-Bahn station was opened the same year. During World War II, the zooContinue reading “As the Allies Approached Berlin, Citizens Did Their Best to Take Care of Berlin Zoo’s Animals”