1940s

Browse the ’40s below, or pick a year: 1940194119421943194419451946194719481949

Celebrity yearbook photos

Celebrity yearbook photos: See 150+ stars before they were famous!

See more than 150 celebrity yearbook photos of actresses, actors, singers, musicians, politicians and others whose names you know... but the faces in these pictures from years ago -- when they were young, and often long before they were famous -- may surprise you!
The truth about Hollywood draft deferments during WW2 (1942)

The truth about Hollywood draft deferments during WW2 (1942)

It is useless to deny that motion picture stars have been getting the best of it (as to immunity from draft). Some have been given special deferments and choice assignments and have been allowed extra months to finish pictures before having to report for active duty.
Kurt Vonnegut's backstory on Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

Kurt Vonnegut’s backstory on Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

Kurt Vonnegut Jr has hit in fact on a true science-fiction subject. As an American prisoner, in German hands, he was a witness to the Dresden holocaust, that appalling Day of Judgment for thousands -- although who deserves to be judged by whom is less obvious than you may think.
Roll of Necco Wafers - old-fashioned candy

How round, colorful Necco Wafers candy became so popular (1920)

Here's a look back at a huge advertising push a Boston-based company tried back in the 1910s and 1920s to make Necco Wafers candy -- rolls of sweets flavored with peppermint, wintergreen, chocolate, cinnamon and licorice -- such a big hit that they'd stay on shelves for the next hundred years.
How to make a polka-dot confetti cake (1949)

How to make a polka-dot confetti cake (1949)

Pass the confetti! I've got something to celebrate. A polka-dot confetti cake -- Super good and a cinch to make! Just think -- little inexperienced me -- making a rich, light, yummy cake!
Chocolate rhapsody cake recipe (1949)

Chocolate rhapsody cake (1949)

Are there any chocolate lovers in your house? Surprise them with this chocolate rhapsody cake. Such rich, chocolaty flavor. So lovely and tender.
Vintage postcard Mt Hood from Portland Oregon

Picture postcards from Portland, Oregon (1930s-1940s)

When long-distance travel was a novelty, travelers were sure to send plenty of postcards to the folks back home, Here, see 15 different postcards views of Portland, Oregon, as it appeared in the the late '30s and early '40s.
1949 Funny Cake recipe

Funny Cake recipe: A Pennsylvania Dutch treat (1949)

Cake baked in a pie shell! Sauce that goes on at the top and ends up in a layer at the bottom of the cake! That’s Funny Cake - a Pennsylvania Dutch treat so unusual, so intriguing, everyone who tastes it wants the recipe.
Clear Peach icebox pie

Peach icebox pie (1949)

It’s a see-through dessert! This gelatin-based pie offers a clear filling, making it possible for you to see the embedded peaches and cherries when looking at the whole pie, and with every slice.

The ’48 Dodge: The smoothest car afloat

Be ready for compliments galore when your friends step into your new 1948 Dodge. Watch them admire the wide full-view windows - the smart instrument panel - luxury interior upholstery.

Toll House cake with vanilla and chocolate (1949)

This Toll House cake is really a different and glamorous cake, with all the lightness and delicacy you always look for - plus whole Morsels of Nestle’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate scattered through and through it.

Bogart & Bergman are superb in Casablanca (1943)

The superb acting and detail directing took us to the refugee city of Casablanca, and there we stayed, right by the warm sides of Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains. And we’re still there.

Pin It on Pinterest