History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

29 January, 2012

Teenage Boys of the 1940s

A series of photographs of teenage boys in Des Moines, Iowa, 1945, by LIFE photographer Nina Leen. Is it just me or were they much cuter in the 40s than the 00s? 



On the bus. Source



Reading comic books. Source



At the soda shop. Source



Listening to music. Source



At the movie theatre. Source



Just chillin'. Source






Yes, there's maps on the ceiling, but there's also pin-ups by the desk! Source



The very important combed wave. Source





















Typical teenage boy fashion, according to the caption. Source






Dressed up for a date. Source



"Loofing around". Source






Driving badly... Source



Er, playing with guns? Source



I wish this one had a caption. Someone's older brother wounded in the war, maybe? Source



Drinking coke and eating Cheezits. Source



Checking out the hair and withdrawing the indispensable comb. Source



Bugging the girls, of course. Source

6 comments:

Ana said...

I can't be more eloquent than: cuuuuute ^_^ !

Anonymous said...

These are great! Bauder's Drug is still on ingersoll ave, and is still a soda fountain too.

Anna said...

Ah, that is so cool to hear! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Cuter back then? They certainly dressed better and with more style than boys of today--even random, unposed photos of the era reveal that.

Anna said...

Hehe, yeah-- a bit of fashion sense and style goes an awful long way... ;)

Anonymous said...

ANNA IS A WIERDO AHAHAHHA!

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