10 Must-See Photographs from the 1940s
- A mother is photographed while hiding her face in shame after putting up a sign announcing that she is putting her own four children up for sale in Chicago, Illinois in 1948.
- A sign posted to remind soldiers to take Atabrine, an anti-malaria drug, while stationed in Papua, New Guinea during World War II.
- A young man sits and reads a book in the ruins of a London bookstore after the air strikes in 1940.
- A young woman sprays her arm with self-tanning spray from a suntan vending machine in 1949.
- Hitler’s officers and cadets smile for a photograph while they are seated for Christmas dinner in 1941.
- A sorrowful suicide — 23 year old Evelyn McHale is photographed after jumping from the 83rd floor of the Empire State Building and landing on a United Nations limousine in 1947.
- An Austrian boy displays glee after receiving a new pair of shoes during World War II.
- A thoughtful soldier in the trenches shares his banana with a goat during the battle on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands during World War II in 1944.
- A distraught little girl desperately clutches her doll while sitting in the ruins of her bombed home after the air strikes in London, England in 1940.
- An anti-comic book movement began in 1940 causing many.watchdog groups to promote the burning of comic books claiming that Batman and Robin promoted homosexuality and that children would become confused about the law of physics because of Superman’s ability to fly.
Amateur photographer Ben Andrew took this photograph of a deer grazing at sunrise in Richmond Park, Surrey. Ben, 29, from Hitchin, Hertfordshire who arrived at the park in the early hours while it was still dark said ‘I watched this Deer trot across my camera viewfinder hoping it would stop in front of the large tree, luckily it did and I got the shot! Picture: Ben Andrew/Solent News & Photo Agency
A snuff box from the 1860s in the shape of a shoe. Snuff (powdered tobacco which was inhaled through the nose) was popular in Britain from the 18th century onwards and was available in a wide variety of consistencies and flavourings such as floral and spiced. In the 19th century taking snuff was particularly fashionable amongst certain professionals who could not be seen to smoke, such as doctors, lawyers, judges and clergymen. Decorative snuff boxes were placed on the table at social gatherings so they could be easily passed around to guests. Many ornaments and gifts were made in the shape of shoes as they were associated with good luck.
Puzzlewood is an ancient woodland site, near Coleford in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. The site, covering 14 acres, shows evidence of open cast iron ore mining dating from the Roman period, and possibly earlier.
In 1848 some workmen, after moving a block of stone in the woods, found a small cavity in the rocks. In this cavity, hidden away, were three earthenware jars containing over 3,000 Roman coins. No-one knows why the coins were hidden away in the cliff face nor by whom.
J. R. R. Tolkien, a frequent visitor to the Forest of Dean, may have visited Puzzlewood, and many believe Puzzlewood was the inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle-earth, such as the Old Forest, Mirkwood, Fangorn or Lothlórien contained within The Lord of the Rings. J.K Rowling is also said to have visited Puzzlewood, and it may have been this that influenced her idea of The Forbidden Forest in the Harry Potter books.
Not all those who wander are lost.