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February 18, 2021

40 Amazing Color Photos Capture Everyday Life of the U.S. Just After WWII

Following World War II, the United States emerged as one of the two dominant superpowers, turning away from its traditional isolationism and toward increased international involvement.

The United States became a global influence in economic, political, military, cultural, and technological affairs. The unprecedented growth of the U.S. economy translated into prosperity that resulted in millions of office and factory workers being lifted into a growing middle class that moved to the suburbs and embraced consumer goods.

The role of women in U.S. society became an issue of particular interest in the post-war years, with marriage and feminine domesticity depicted as the primary goal for the American woman. The post-war baby boom embraced the role of women as caretakers and homemakers.

The post-World War II prosperity did not extend to everyone. Many Americans continued to live in poverty throughout the 1950s, especially older people and African Americans.

Voting rights discrimination remained widespread in the south through the 1950s. Although both parties pledged progress in 1948, the only major development before 1954 was integration of the military.

Here below is a set of amazing color photos that shows everyday life of the United States in the late 1940s.

Colorado. Mother and baby in field of flowers

Arizona. Lady at the Grand Canyon

California. At the Lutheran Church in Easton

California. Beach bronzes

California. Birthday party in Los Angeles

California. San Francisco street scenes

Colorado. Drowsy Water Ranch, Granby

Colorado. Drowsy Water Ranch, Granby

Colorado. Drowsy Water Ranch, Granby

Colorado. Drowsy Water Ranch, Granby

Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado. Three girls at the beach, Granby

Couple in the desert

Dappper dudes of the 1940s

Driving in the desert

Driving on cold weather

Drving in the mountains

Family on boat at lake

Girl with dog friend

Girl with smile holding a Coke bottle while lying on the beach

Maryland. Washington Monument, Boonsboro

Massachusetts. Car at 50 Maple St., Attleboro Falls

Mother and children at beach

Mother with son at the beach

Nevada. Family posing with Nevada US 50 Highway Sign

New Jersey. At the shore, Cape May

New York. Women at Shelter Island

Oklahoma family on the road in Oldsmobile

Oklahoma family with Oldsmobile

Oklahoma. Child on porch tasting watermelon

Oklahoma. Women with babies standing in front of Health Foods store

San Francisco. Seventh Day Adventist Youth Congress.

San Francisco. Seventh Day Adventist Youth Congress

Texas. Lovers on the bridge

Three sitting ladies

Washington. Woodland Park Rose Garden, Seattle

Women pose by the train

Wyoming. Horse carriage parade

Wyoming. Laramie

Wyoming. Yellowstone National Park


  1. So odd to see the fellow with the Ghanaen kente cloth draped over his shoulders. I'm guessing it must have something to do with their missions to West Africa.




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