Category: wwii

“Your child can smile, talk, or play and does not have to sit up…

Your child can smile, talk, or play and does not have to sit up or put on a pretty face.
Algemeen Handelsblad, 12 April 1935

In April 1935, Polyfoto opened a shop in Amsterdam’s city centre. For 1 guilder, you could have a sheet made with 48 different portrait photos.

The Frank family went there to have their pictures taken. Photo sheets of all four family members have survived. Several photos were cut from the photo sheet of the 36-year-old Edith. One of these is in the photo album that Anne compiled when they were in hiding.

Wartime marriage: Lovely photos of WWII soldiers with their…

Wartime marriage: Lovely photos of WWII soldiers with their brides.

The First Photo Taken In Space

Germany developed the V-2 rocket to bomb England during World War II. After the war ended, the US seized unused V-2s and transported them to New Mexico. On October 24, 1946, scientists there place a 35-millimeter motion picture camera on the nose of a V-2, and launched the rocket vertically into space. The camera automatically captured a new image every few seconds while the rocket climbed to an altitude of 65 miles. Conventionally, space begins at 62 miles (100 km) from sea level.

Once it ran out of fuel the V2 fell back to earth. When the wreckage was found, the camera itself had been destroyed, but the film, in a steel cassette, survived unharmed. Range scientists apparently “were jumping up and down like kids” according to enlisted soldier Fred Rulli, 19, who was on the wreckage recovery team. “The scientists just went nuts.”

Life of African-Americans during WWII through stunning color…

Life of African-Americans during WWII through stunning color photos.

WWII G.I waiting at bus stop with his girlfriend to go off to…

WWII G.I waiting at bus stop with his girlfriend to go off to fight the war. According to his granddaughter, he returned home.

The End of the Paris Occupation

On the 19th of August, 1944, German tanks roared down the Champs-Elysees and the first clashes began between the occupying German forces and French Resistance fighters. In the two months since D-Day, the combined British and American forces had slowly but steadily advanced. Everything had fallen before them, and now, it was time to take Paris. Hitler’s orders were clear: if the enemy attacked Paris, it “must not fall into the enemy’s hand except lying in complete debris.” In other words, the Germans were ordered to hold Paris or destroy it.

We all know Paris was not destroyed. At 3:30 pm on August 25th, the German governor Dietrich von Choltitz surrendered. von Choltitz later wrote that he thought Hitler was insane and so he deliberately disobeyed Hitler’s orders. It now appears more likely that he was persuaded by the municipal council chairman Pierre Taittinger, but whatever the reason, Paris was liberated with no further bloodshed or destruction.

Soldiers returning home from WWII 1945

Soldiers returning home from WWII 1945

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Everyday life of the US During WWII through Jack Delano’s…

Everyday life of the US During WWII through Jack Delano’s lens.

Dining room in an Osaka orphanage, taken Febru…

Dining room in an Osaka orphanage, taken February 19, 1951. Most of these children were orphaned by World War II.

Dining room in an Osaka orphanage, taken Febru…

Dining room in an Osaka orphanage, taken February 19, 1951. Most of these children were orphaned by World War II.