Looking back, it feels like the 1940’s were divided into two different eras: one when women were desperate for the men to come home from the war, and one the men who finally came home.
The depression was finally over! But from 1939 to 1945, rationing was in and guys were out (of the country). Eligible men were shipped off to war, and women were left to either run the household, or live in their parents’ home praying that her boyfriend returned home safely. If and when they ever came back, there weren’t enough single men to go around! All’s fair in love and war, girls. Here’s what dating was like in the 40s…
Cecil Beaton, 1948
I just really like Cecil Beaton this week. Maybe I’ll only post him forever now. I don’t know! I might! But then Richard Avedon would be sad, right? Sad from beyond the grave about not being prominently featured on TheGloss every week? Maybe Richard Avedon should have done more gentle, feminine portraits of women in pastels, huh? Maybe it sucks to be Richard Avedon. More
Harper’s Bazaar 1947 by Lillian Bassman
John Rawlings for Glamour, 1949
Frances McLaughlin-Gill for Vogue, 1946
We know you wanted to, you dreadful narcoleptic, but men in the 1940′s were too smart for you. – BoingBoing
Kodak Collection, Woman Modelling a Ballgown In Front of a Mirror, 1940.
Deanna Durbin, Christmas, 1940′s
Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1946
Model seated in garden holding parasol to match her eyelet dress by Sophie of Saks Fifth Avenue, and wearing a ruffled straw hat by Tatiana du Plessix. More
Richard Avedon, “The 1940′s” Stephanie Seymour, 1995
Actress Barbara Laage by Nina Leen, 1946
But he’s just so absolutely rocking.
This is one of my favorite actresses, Gene Tierney, photographed by John Rawlings, 1940. More
Tanaquil LeClercq by Irving Penn, 1947