Category: 1942

This vintage photograph shows students protesting the high…

This vintage photograph shows students protesting the high school dress code that banned slacks for girls in Brooklyn back in 1942. It illustrated a question in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle magazine on March 26 1942. As war raged around the globe, readers were invited to consider the burning question: “Should high school girls, particularly students of Abraham Lincoln High School on Ocean Parkway… be permitted to wear slacks to class?”

The article featured 16-year-old pupil Beverly Bernstein, who was suspended from Lincoln for showing up to class wearing blue gabardine slacks.

“She wore them to school, along with a lipstick-red sweater,” the Eagle wrote, explaining that she was then sent to the office of the dean of girls, who apparently issued the suspension.

Outraged classmates showed their support by coming to school the next day in pants.

“Girls show up in slacks at Abraham Lincoln High School, Brooklyn, in protest because a classmate, Beverly Bernstein, was suspended the day before for wearing slacks,” reads the caption on the photo above.

These rule-breaking wartime students also circulated a petition, stating that girls should be allowed to wear pants because “they are better than skirts in the event of an air raid” and to “conserve silk stockings.”

Soldiers of the U.S. 37th Coast Artillery Brig…

Soldiers of the U.S. 37th Coast Artillery Brigade used searchlights to scan the skies above Los Angeles in the pre-dawn hours of February 24, 1942 searching for Japanese bombers, a day before the infamous “Battle of Los Angeles” .

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British Army searchlights pierce the night sky…

British Army searchlights pierce the night sky during an air-raid practice on Gibraltar, 20 November 1942

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USS Lexington explodes while being scuttled following the Battle of the Coral Sea, 8 May 1942 [1280×1003]

Pyotr Ilchenko, of the Moscow Conservatory, pe…

Pyotr Ilchenko, of the Moscow Conservatory, performing for Soviet soldiers on the Southern Front 1942.

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Kids on swings, Stockholm, 1942.

Kids on swings, Stockholm, 1942.

Female Soviet Fighter pilots enjoying a break …

Female Soviet Fighter pilots enjoying a break from combat, 1942

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Quite a few women flew as fighter pilots in the VVS, including two aces – Lidya Litvyak and Yekaterina Budanova. Both flew the Yak-1 fighter, seen in the photo above. The Yak was slower than the German Bf-109, but was better at turning and only had a slightly less powerful armament. It was instrumental in holding back the Luftwaffe until the superior La-5 and Yak-9 reached the front in large numbers.

Female Soviet Fighter pilots enjoying a break …

Female Soviet Fighter pilots enjoying a break from combat, 1942

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Quite a few women flew as fighter pilots in the VVS, including two aces – Lidya Litvyak and Yekaterina Budanova. Both flew the Yak-1 fighter, seen in the photo above. The Yak was slower than the German Bf-109, but was better at turning and only had a slightly less powerful armament. It was instrumental in holding back the Luftwaffe until the superior La-5 and Yak-9 reached the front in large numbers.

A soldier gives two Germans he captured at the…

A soldier gives two Germans he captured at the Battle of El Alamein the traditional British salute, 26 October 1942

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Continuation war Syväri spring offensive. Finn…

Continuation war Syväri spring offensive. Finnish troops from 6th corps engaged in a firefight 16.4.1942. Fallen Soviets on the foreground.

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