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May 24, 2022

Just After WWII, These Beautiful Color Photos Show What Life of the U.S. Looked Like in the Late 1940s

With the war finally over, life in the United States began to return to normal. Soldiers began to come home and find peacetime jobs. Industry stopped producing war equipment and began to produce goods that made peacetime life pleasant. The American economy was stronger than ever.

Life of the U.S. from 1945 to 1949

American consumers were eager to spend their money, on everything from big-ticket items like homes, cars and furniture to appliances, clothing, shoes and everything else in between. U.S. factories answered their call, beginning with the automobile industry. New car sales quadrupled between 1945 and 1955, and by the end of the 1950s some 75 percent of American households owned at least one car.

These color slides from Ryan Khatam that show life of an American woman named Mary, her family and friends from 1945 to 1949. Mary is the woman in the hula outfit.

Hats, 1945

Barbecue breakfast, 1946

Barbecue breakfast, 1947

Barbecue breakfast, 1947

Barbecue breakfast, 1947

Barbecue breakfast, 1947

Barbecue breakfast, 1947

Chairs and laugh, 1947

Easter breakfast - group, 1947

Easter breakfast - hats, 1947

Easter breakfast - umbrella, 1947

Easter breakfast, 1947

Easter breakfast, 1947

Rush breakfast - talking, 1948

Rush breakfast - talking, 1948

Rush breakfast, 1948

Mary and Skipper, 1949

Skipper and Claudia, 1949

Family portrait, 1940s

Girls and tree, 1940s

Hula girl, 1940s

Hula girl, 1940s

La Posada Hotel, Winslow, Arizona, 1940s

Ladies sitting on the grass, 1940s

Ladies sitting on the grass, 1940s

Lady and fountain, 1940s

Old couple, 1940s

People laughing, 1940s

People laughing, 1940s

Portraits of three ladies, 1940s

Smiling, 1940s

Three happy girls, 1940s

Three happy girls, 1940s

Three happy girls, 1940s

Trail to Moro Rock, California, 1940s

Woman and house, 1940s

Woman in green, 1940s

Women and fountain, 1940s

Women standing on the grass, 1940s

Portraits of five ladies, 1940s




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