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    Air raid drill (1940)

    Manchester Christmas Blitz 1940 by Greater Manchester Police

    Christmas in an air raid shelter, 1940. This little girl has decorations and presents around her bed.


    Sheltering from the Blitz, October 5, 1940.

    Air raid shelter

    A rescue worker comforting a very small child amid air raid damage

    Wartime Rationing in the 1940's

    WWII -- original caption: "Willa Beatrice Brown, a 31-year-old Negro American, serves her country by training pilots for the U.S. Army Air Forces. She is the first Negro woman to receive a commission as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Civil Air Patrol."

    Arguably the first and greatest gunfighter of the Old West, Wild Bill Hickok wears his own clothing in this 1865-66 photo, not a stage costume, like he wore in most of his photos.

    D-Day Omaha Beach - June 6, 1944.

    Callie Campbell, 11 years old, picks 75 to 125 pounds of cotton a day, and totes 50 pounds of it when sack gets full, 'No, I don’t like it very much,' Oklahoma, by Lewis W. Hine 1916

    London, Blitz, 1940

    British children huddled in a makeshift air raid shelter as they endure attacks from Hitler’s air force, 1940

    A family goes into an Anderson air raid shelter in their garden, 1939. Each person carries a gas mask in a little box.

    1940's Home on Leave

    A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.

    Cupboard air raid shelter at a day nursery in the East End of London..1940

    Bomb scare drills - so remember these!

    Abandoned town- Oradour-Sur-Glane.This town was abandoned because the Nazis rounded all the citizens up and killed them. France left the entire town untouched as a memorial. The people were buried, but the items; cars, bikes, baby carriages, still remain.

    Saying goodbye (Vancouver, 1940)