Weird History 20 Unsettlingly Beautiful Photos From The 1940s  

Karen Lindell
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Glimpses of World War II, the conflict that changed our world, mostly exist in shades of black and white on film. 

From 1939 to 1945, photographers with varying backgrounds and nationalities documented all aspects of WWII. Military events, civilian volunteers, periods of jubilation, and times of sorrow appeared in their snapshots. 

These images - many from the collection of the US National Archives - serve both as documentation of WWII and as works of art. 

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US Coast Guardsmen In An American Cemetery Salute A Fellow Guardsman, Circa 1945
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Photo: Department of Transportation. U.S. Coast Guard. Office of Public and International Affairs/National Archives /Public Domain
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F4Us And F4Fs Fly In Formation During Surrender Ceremonies In Tokyo, Japan, 1945 
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Photo: Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center/National Archives/Public Domain
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Flag Raising In Iwo Jima, 1945
Flag Raising In Iwo Jima, 1945 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Unsettlingly Beautiful Photos From The 1940s
Photo: Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center/National Archives/Public Domain
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Parachutes Open As First Allied Airborne Army Paratroops Land In Holland, 1944 
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Photo: Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center/National Archives/Public Domain
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