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1940 1949 Collection

"Journey through the 1940s: A Glimpse into Glasgow's Gorbals and Beyond" Step back in time to the vibrant streets of the Gorbals area of Glasgow

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas
10th August 1946: Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953), relaxing outside. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4156 - Nest Of Singing Birds - pub

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Banjo, (B&W)

Banjo, (B&W)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Young woman in underwear and stockings posing indoors, (B&W)

Young woman in underwear and stockings posing indoors, (B&W)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Gorbals area of Glasgow; Two young boys walking along a street in 1948

Gorbals area of Glasgow; Two young boys walking along a street in 1948
31st January 1948: Two boys walking along a street in the run-down Gorbals area of Glasgow. The Gorbals tenements were built quickly and cheaply in the 1840s

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Lancaster Bomber

Lancaster Bomber
circa 1945: A Royal Air Force Lancaster Bomber in flight. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Wellington Bombers

Wellington Bombers
8th February 1940: A flight of Vickers Wellington long range bombers, used by the Royal Air Force to undertake raids into Germany and elsewhere. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Young woman sleeping in bed (B&W)

Young woman sleeping in bed (B&W)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Iron Miner

Iron Miner
5th June 1948: A miner pauses in a tunnel before starting a shift in Britains most modern iron ore mine, at Irthlinborough in Northamptonshire

Background image1940 1949 Collection: A man walking through a backstreet of the Gorbals area of Glasgow

A man walking through a backstreet of the Gorbals area of Glasgow
31st January 1948: A man walking through a backstreet in the run-down Gorbals area of Glasgow. The Gorbals tenements were built quickly and cheaply in the 1840s

Background image1940 1949 Collection: California: US Battleships at anchor, Long Beach (photo)

California: US Battleships at anchor, Long Beach (photo)
5995752 California: US Battleships at anchor, Long Beach (photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: US Battleships at anchor, Long Beach)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: White leghorn chicken

White leghorn chicken
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1940s: White leghorn chicken standing next to egg. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Staffordshire Potteries

Staffordshire Potteries
Factories in the Staffordshire potteries, 2nd March 1946. Original publication : Picture Post - 3088 - Pottery : A Working Partys Problem - pub

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Its A Lonely Road; Three children walk hand in hand down the main street of the village

Its A Lonely Road; Three children walk hand in hand down the main street of the village
1940: Three children walk hand in hand down the main street of the village. Original Publication: Picture Post - 339 - Life In A Village - unpub. (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Bombed St Thomas Hospital

Bombed St Thomas Hospital
The site of an air raid, which severely damaged St Thomas Hospital, London, May 1941. The Palace of Westminster and Big Ben can be seen across the Thames

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center
circa 1945: The Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by Raymond Hood, it was completed in May 1933. (Photo by George Enell/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Docklands Blazing

Docklands Blazing
1940: The docklands ablaze after the first mass air raid on London. Tower Bridge is in the background. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Nosey Kids

Nosey Kids
10th August 1942: Nursery school children gather round a Chrysler car belonging to Mrs JG Winan, the wife of the US ambassador to Britain

Background image1940 1949 Collection: A U. S. Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft

A U. S. Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft
1940s - A U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft sits on an airfield between missions

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Under The Arch

Under The Arch
31st January 1948: Two children walking in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. The Gorbals tenements were built quickly and cheaply in the 1840s

Background image1940 1949 Collection: President Roosevelt

President Roosevelt
circa 1942: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 - 1945), the 32nd President of the United States of America. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Empress Of Canada

Empress Of Canada
17th July 1947: The Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Canada at Liverpool just before she departs on her first post-war voyage to Canada, the first vessel to resume service on this route

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Dorset Rams

Dorset Rams
9th July 1949: Dorset Horned rams from a flock at the Maiden Castle Farm, Dorset. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4826 - Where Are The Downland Sheep? - pub

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Sheeps Eyes

Sheeps Eyes
9th July 1949: A flock of sheep standing placidly in a field at Maiden Castle Farm, Dorchester. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4826 - Where Are The Downland Sheep? - pub

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Eyes Of The Fleet

Eyes Of The Fleet
circa 1940: A Blackburn Skua two seat fighter and dive-bomber of the Fleet Air Arm with arrestor hook and wheels lowered, flying over warships of the British Fleet. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: The first Co-operative shop to be opened in Rochdale, Lancashire, in 1844 (litho)

The first Co-operative shop to be opened in Rochdale, Lancashire, in 1844 (litho)
7157581 The first Co-operative shop to be opened in Rochdale, Lancashire, in 1844 (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: President Roosevelt

President Roosevelt
29th December 1941: American president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, (1882-1945) sitting at the desk of his executive office in the White House. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Naked woman sitting on chair in studio, (B&W), portrait

Naked woman sitting on chair in studio, (B&W), portrait

Background image1940 1949 Collection: 1940s style Navy pin-up girl posing with a vintage Corsair aircraft

1940s style Navy pin-up girl posing with a vintage Corsair aircraft
Beautiful 1940s style Navy pin-up girl posing with a vintage Corsair aircraft

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Retro Style Scene of old gas station in Arizona Desert

Retro Style Scene of old gas station in Arizona Desert
Old gas station with prickly pear cactus in vast desert landscape

Background image1940 1949 Collection: 'Premier'loop wheel frame, Stibbe and Co, Leicester (litho)

"Premier"loop wheel frame, Stibbe and Co, Leicester (litho)
7160480 " Premier" loop wheel frame, Stibbe and Co, Leicester (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: " Premier" loop wheel frame)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Scarborough Promenade Wall Of Water

Scarborough Promenade Wall Of Water
10th August 1940: More exciting than a fairground ride, this vehicle and its passengers dice with death beside the wall of water on the promenade at Scarborough. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: RAF Scramble

RAF Scramble
RAF fighter pilots run for their planes. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw
30th July 1949: 93-year-old Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) sitting in his neighbours garden in Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Hoxton Slums

Hoxton Slums
Slum housing in Shaftesbury Street, Hoxton in the East End of London, 5th October 1946. Original publication: Picture Post - 4224 - All In A Hoxton Garden - pub

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Rooftop Rifle Range

Rooftop Rifle Range
18th June 1940: London workers at lunchtime target practice on the roof of their office building. (Photo by Gerry Cranham/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Young woman in underwear standing by mirror, (B&W)

Young woman in underwear standing by mirror, (B&W)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: The Beach At Cannes

The Beach At Cannes
Sunbathers on a deck in front of the beach outside the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France in August 1948. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Flock Of Sheep

Flock Of Sheep
9th July 1949: A closely packed flock of Dorset Horned sheep on Maiden Castle Farm near Dorchester. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4826 - Where Are The Downland Sheep? - pub

Background image1940 1949 Collection: British Army Airspeed Horsa Glider Force

British Army Airspeed Horsa Glider Force
circa 1944: Four British Army Airspeed Horsa gliders with their tails detached for unloading and a Waco Hadrian glider all safely landed in a field

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Air Raid Ruined Buildings

Air Raid Ruined Buildings
12th May 1941: Buildings devastated during air raids near the dome of St Pauls Cathedral in the City. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Fighter Plane

Fighter Plane
circa 1940: A German Messerschmitt ME 110 fighter-bomber over Poland. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Bombed London

Bombed London
circa 1940: Bomb damage sustained by the City of London. Tower Bridge can be seen in the background. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: St Pauls Bomb Damage

St Pauls Bomb Damage
20th October 1940: St Pauls Cathedral after a direct hit during the blitz in London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Times Square In The Rain

Times Square In The Rain
High-angle view looking north of rainy Times Square from the top of the Times Tower (now One Times Square) at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, New York

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Head-On View Of Traffic Jam

Head-On View Of Traffic Jam
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1940s 1950s: Head-On View Of Traffic Jam, Coming Off Ramp On Multi-Lane Highway. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Background image1940 1949 Collection: Civvy Street

Civvy Street
26th January 1946: Egerton Savory, whose progress during World War II was documented by Picture Post, returning home after being demobbed from the army, the day he dreamed of if full of doubts



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"Journey through the 1940s: A Glimpse into Glasgow's Gorbals and Beyond" Step back in time to the vibrant streets of the Gorbals area of Glasgow, where two young boys stroll along a bustling street in 1948. The echoes of history are ever-present as Wellington Bombers soar through the skies above, their powerful engines leaving trails of determination. Amidst this backdrop, a Lancaster Bomber stands tall, symbolizing resilience and unity during challenging times. Just like the first Co-operative shop that opened its doors in Rochdale, Lancashire in 1844 - an emblem of community strength. A man walks through a backstreet in the heart of Gorbals; his footsteps echoing stories untold. The scars left by war are visible as remnants from bombed St Thomas Hospital remind us of sacrifice and healing. In contrast to these somber scenes, Banjo tunes fill the air with joyous melodies; black and white harmonies intertwine to create moments worth cherishing. Meanwhile, Dylan Thomas weaves words together like poetry on paper – capturing emotions that transcend time itself. Across continents, a U. S. Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft roars overhead - a testament to international alliances forged amidst global turmoil. And sailing across vast oceans is none other than Empress Of Canada - an elegant vessel carrying dreams and aspirations towards new horizons. As life unfolds around us, even simple pleasures find their place within this tapestry. A White Leghorn chicken struts confidently amongst backyard gardens – reminding us that beauty can be found even amidst chaos. Finally, "Under The Arch, " secrets whisper between bricks as generations pass by; it holds stories yet untold but forever etched into its very foundation. The 1940s were an era marked by both tragedy and triumph; they shaped our world today while leaving behind fragments for us to piece together. Let us remember the past, for it holds the key to our future.