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Bombing of London / Photo, Sept. 1940.
History / World War Two / The Blitz:
Bombing of London by the German Luftwaffe, from August 1940 onwards.

View of London during the first big air-raid.

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Decades: 1940s
Our time travel continues, and this month we are looking back at the 1940s.

The first half of the decade was dominated by the turbulent World War II, which dramatically changed the world people knew before.

After the end of the war, technology advancements developed during wartime such as the jet engine, nuclear fusion, and rocket technology improved air travel and became the starting points for space exploration later on. The first computer, photocopier, Polaroid camera, TV, microwave oven, tea bags – these are just some of the innovations of the decade, which now became an essential part of our everyday life.

Despite the war, this period was culturally rich with the rise of Italian Neorealism, Film Noir, and Hollywood movies, including ‘The Bicycle Thief’, ‘Bitter Rice’, ‘The Maltese Falcon’, ‘Citizen Kane’, ‘Casablanca’, and many others. The 1940s was the time when Hemingway’s ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, Orwell’s ‘1984’, and de Saint-Exupéry’s ‘The Little Prince’ were published. In music it was the time of swing, bebop, early rock and roll, and crooners like Frank Sinatra.

Enjoy our image selection, as diverse as the 1940s!