A boy sits in the wreckage of a building after a bombing raid of London during WW2. Children in London were usually evacuated to the countryside to avoid the bombing. By the war’s end, just under 30,000 Londoners had been killed by the bombing, and over 50,000 seriously injured, tens of thousands of buildings were destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless.
Girls delivering ice in September 1918. During WW1, women took over the jobs the men fighting overseas left behind. From the early 19th century to just after WW1, long before refrigerators became commonplace in every home, icemen would go around selling and delivering ice from wagons, carts, or motor trucks everyday. In the years after this photo was taken the natural ice trade began to be overtaken by production of ice through refrigeration cooling systems and plant ice.
Adolf Hitler, second from the right, in 1943 looking at the Schwerer Gustav, one of the largest pieces of artillery ever used in combat. The fully assembled gun weighed nearly 1,350 tons, and could fire shells weighing 7 tons to a range of 47 km. It was transported using railway.
A mother and child during the Great Depression, 1939. This photo was taken by Dorothea Lange in Tulelake, California. During the Great Depression Lange photographed unemployed and migrant workers, showing some of the horrible conditions they lived in.
‘Newsies’ enjoying a smoke break in St. Louis, Missouri, 1910. Newsies sold newspapers in the big cities and were usually homeless orphan boys who had no other way to make money. Newsies weren’t hired employees but instead ran their own business. Each morning they would get up and buy newspapers, then they would find a street corner with lots of traffic and sell the papers for a profit. Hopefully they could sell all the papers as if they didn’t they might actually lose money.
Young oyster shuckers in South Carolina, 1912. Josie, 6 years old, Bertha, 6 years old, and Sophie, 10 years old, began work at 4am.
A French Boy introduces himself to Indian soldiers who had just arrived in France to fight alongside French and British forces during WW1, Marseille, 1914.
US soldier, Private T.P. Loughlin, bidding farewell to his family to go and fight in WW1, 1917. Loughlin returned safely back to his family after the war and lived a happy life until 1956.
When you talk to people who have experienced war,and look their eyes,and you’ll know how precious peace is.