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Historical Times | A V-1 flying bomb lands in a street off Drury Lane, London 1944

WWII -- family inside their earth-covered backyard Anderson shelter during the Blitz - London - 1940

Royal Army engineers sit and drink their tea on the edge of a bomb crater in the middle of London, 21 October 1940....

During WWII, soldiers were known to take precious family photos (and Pinup Girl photos) and put them under clear grips on their 1911 pistols - called Sweetheart Grips. Many of the grips were made from pieces of broken plastic windows from bombers.

US Rangers offloading onto Licata Beach, Sicily. Invasion Day, July 10, 1943. Read more: Phil Stern: Classic World War II Photos, Italy, 1943 | LIFE.com

Stunning 1950's red dress with black lace overlay!

In New York City, piles of Christmas packages meant for American servicemen who have been listed as missing or killed in action await for “Return to Sender” stamps, 1944. You can see the words “missing” or “deceased” stamped on some of the packages on the bottom of the photograph.

Aircraft Identification Chart

London, 1940. Life in London during The Blitz of World War II - News vendor outside Selfridges.

1946 London's West End and one of the last Hansome Cabs

Fear

Edinburgh, Scotland

London, 1939...

British stiff upper-lip calmness - London 1941

While the City Sleeps: 1940, New Bedford, MA, Jack Delano

You guys should all repin this.

A little girl holding an umbrella watches a despatch rider attempt to clear the carburettor of his motorcycle in torrential rain, 4th October 1943.

What "Keep Calm and Carry On" really looked like. London Blitz, 1940

Women of steel working during wartime, November 27, 1942.

Helping the Wounded - illustrated By Ellen Barbara Segner.

Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 50s when vinyl was scarce people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock ‘n’ roll records were “pressed” on thick radiographs salvaged from hospital waste bins and then cut into discs of 23-25 centimeters in diameter. They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole.

Incredible photo... Russian ballet class during WWII. Even in the rubble and ash of war, there is still room for art.

A timelessly beautiful late 1940s navy blue day dress with bracelet-length sleeves and white bordered collar. #vintage #1940s #dresses #fashion