“Pin-up girls at Naval Air Station Seattle, Spring Formal Dance. Left to right- Jeanne McIver, Harriet Berry, Muriel Alberti, Nancy Grant, Maleina Bagley, and Matti Ethridge.” April 10th, 1944 (x)
The Louvre is evacuated before German invasion in 1939, its works returning in 1945
A sailor and his date enjoying a day in Central Park while he is on shore leave, 1943.
Maria Montez (in the hat) guest hosts the Miss Victory Beauty Contest held at the Victory House in Los Angeles, 1942
A loved one is swept off her feet by a returning GI in the aptly named town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1945.
Actress Janet Blair preparing to strip off one of her tight sweaters to add to clothing collection drive of war relief agencies, at home. Hollywood,1945 Photo by Martha Holmes (x)
Tattooed sailor aboard the USS New Jersey (BB 62), photo by Lieutenant Commander Charles Fenno Jacobs, December 1944 (x)
A welder at a boat-and-sub-building yard adjusts her goggles before resuming work, October, 1943. By 1945, women comprised well over a third of the civilian labor force (in 1940, it was closer to a quarter) and millions of those jobs were filled in factories: building bombers, manufacturing munitions, welding, drilling and riveting for the war effort.
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Couple at Celebrity Cafe c. 1944. Photographed by Charles “Teenie” Harris
Soldiers say their farewells at Pennsylvania Station New York,1943. Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt