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The 1940s (pronounced "nineteen-forties" and commonly abbreviated as the "Forties") was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, 1940, and ended on December 31, 1949.

Most of World War II took place in the first half of the decade, which had a profound effect on most countries and people in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere. The consequences of the war lingered well into the second half of the decade, with a war-weary Europe divided between the jostling spheres of influence of the Western world and the Soviet Union, leading to the beginning of the Cold War. To some degree internal and external tensions in the post-war era were managed by new institutions, including the United Nations, the welfare state, and the Bretton Woods system, facilitating the post–World War II economic expansion, which lasted well into the 1970s. The conditions of the post-war world encouraged decolonization and the emergence of new states and governments, with India, Pakistan, Israel, Vietnam, and others declaring independence, although rarely without bloodshed. The decade also witnessed the early beginnings of new technologies (such as computers, nuclear power, and jet propulsion), often first developed in tandem with the war effort, and later adapted and improved upon in the post-war era.

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Effects of Grazing - Arizona

Effects of Grazing - Arizona

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Effects of Grazing - Arizona

Effects of Grazing - Arizona

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CFFP Program Posters - All States

CFFP Program Posters - All States

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Seasoning and Shipping Lumber - Arizona

Seasoning and Shipping Lumber - Arizona

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Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Florida

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Florida

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Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - Oregon

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Logging: Transportation: Trucks - South Dakota

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - South Dakota

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Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Utah

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Utah

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Mills, Milling and Log Storage - Arizona

Mills, Milling and Log Storage - Arizona

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Parades - All States

Parades - All States

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Winter Sports - Arizona

Winter Sports - Arizona

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Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Idaho

Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Idaho

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Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Maine

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Maine

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Effects of Grazing - Arizona

Effects of Grazing - Arizona

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Effects of Grazing - Arizona

Effects of Grazing - Arizona

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Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Virginia

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Virginia

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Cattle Grazing - Arizona

Cattle Grazing - Arizona

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Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Virginia

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Virginia

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Public Relations - Arizona

Public Relations - Arizona

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Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Arkansas

Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Arkansas

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Active Fires - Arizona

Active Fires - Arizona

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Logging: Transportation: Trucks - South Dakota

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - South Dakota

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Model of a Mirror
Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

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Homesteads - Maryland

Homesteads - Maryland

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Effects of Grazing - Arizona

Effects of Grazing - Arizona

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Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Oregon

Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Oregon

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Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Utah

Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Utah

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Mills, Milling and Log Storage - Arizona

Mills, Milling and Log Storage - Arizona

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Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

Fire Suppression: Aerial Slurry Drops - New Hampshire

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Indian - Arizona

Indian - Arizona

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Active Fires - Arizona

Active Fires - Arizona

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Effects of Grazing - Arizona

Effects of Grazing - Arizona

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Resorts and Other Dwellings - Arizona

Resorts and Other Dwellings - Arizona

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Historical Buildings - Arizona

Historical Buildings - Arizona

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Effects of Grazing - Arizona

Effects of Grazing - Arizona

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Fire Control: Lookouts - Arizona

Fire Control: Lookouts - Arizona

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Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Washington

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Washington

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Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Oregon

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Oregon

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Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Idaho

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Idaho

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Waterfall Scenes - Arizona

Waterfall Scenes - Arizona

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CFFP Program Posters - All States

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Cattle Grazing - Arizona

Cattle Grazing - Arizona

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Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Oregon

Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Oregon

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Effects of Grazing - Arizona

Effects of Grazing - Arizona

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Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Idaho

Forest Fire Equipment: Fire Trucks - Idaho

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Roads - Arizona

Roads - Arizona

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CFFP Program Posters - All States

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Lake Scenes - Arizona

Lake Scenes - Arizona

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Crude Products: Fuelwood - Maryland

Crude Products: Fuelwood - Maryland

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Effects of Grazing - Arizona

Effects of Grazing - Arizona

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Public Relations - Arizona

Public Relations - Arizona

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Active Fires - Arizona

Active Fires - Arizona

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Fire Control: Detection - Arizona

Fire Control: Detection - Arizona

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Transport to Fires - Trucks

Transport to Fires - Trucks

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Burned -Over Areas - Arizona

Burned -Over Areas - Arizona

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Winter Sports - Arizona

Winter Sports - Arizona

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Effects of Grazing - Arizona

Effects of Grazing - Arizona

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Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Washington

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - Washington

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Katherine

Katherine

Book Title: from Camera Work, October 1905, 12:15.Artist: Alfred Stieglitz.Artist Bio: American, 1864 - 1946.Creation Date: 1905.Process: photogravure.Credit Line: Gift of Ronny Schwartz.Accession Number: 2004.019.001

Katherine

Katherine

Book Title: from Camera Work, October 1905, 12:15.Artist: Alfred Stieglitz.Artist Bio: American, 1864 - 1946.Creation Date: 1905.Process: photogravure.Credit Line: Gift of Ronny Schwartz.Accession Number: 2004.019.001

#5881 16" B C Model 1917
Colonel John Mather and James F. Halloran Rehearsing Script for "Army Hour"

Colonel John Mather and James F. Halloran Rehearsing Script for "Army ...

This item is a photograph of Colonel John Mather and James F. Halloran of the Watertown Arsenal in Watertown, Massachusetts, rehearsing a script for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) radio show "Army Hour... more

Training a policewoman--Chief among the policewoman's duties is the prevention of delinquency among young girls

Training a policewoman--Chief among the policewoman's duties is the pr...

Two policewomen talking to a girl in sailor suit. National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress).

Photograph of a Window and Fire Escape after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Photograph of Police Officers, Civilians and Victims on the Sidewalk during the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
British troops outside Jerusalem[?]

British troops outside Jerusalem[?]

Photograph shows British troops possibly outside Baghdad, Iraq during World War I.

British troops in France

British troops in France

Photograph shows British soldiers in a train during World War I, France. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2011)

British at Etaples buying from natives

British at Etaples buying from natives

Photograph shows British troops at Étaples, France with women selling food, during World War I. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2012)

The Worcesters going into action

The Worcesters going into action

Photograph shows British troops marching and waving their helmets in greeting. Printed on front: Official photograph; Crown copyright reserved; Daily Mail War Pictures, 33. Title from item. In collection: Brit... more

British Going on Picket -- Mesopotamia

British Going on Picket -- Mesopotamia

Photograph shows British troops, probably in Iraq during World War I.

HM Ships REPULSE and HOOD in Sydney Harbour

HM Ships REPULSE and HOOD in Sydney Harbour

This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic... more

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - North Carolina

Logging: Transportation: Trucks - North Carolina

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HMS REPULSE in Sydney Harbour

HMS REPULSE in Sydney Harbour

From 27 November 1923 to 28 September 1924, the British Royal Navy’s Special Service Squadron cruised around the world visiting and thanking those countries and allies who had offered their support during World... more

HMS REPULSE possibly near Sydney Heads

HMS REPULSE possibly near Sydney Heads

From 27 November 1923 to 28 September 1924, the British Royal Navy’s Special Service Squadron cruised around the world visiting and thanking those countries and allies who had offered their support during World... more

Gen. Sir C.A. Anderson

Gen. Sir C.A. Anderson

Photograph shows Lieutenant General Sir Charles Alexander Anderson, (1857-1940), Commander of British Troops in South China. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2014)

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

American Library Association - Posters - Poster used in A.L.A. Campaign for books. Camp Meade

American Library Association - Posters - Poster used in A.L.A. Campaig...

Photographer: American Library Association American Library Association - Posters

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

Artists - Henry Reuterdahl, famous marine artist, aiding in the recruiting wave for the Navy. He is here seen on a skyscraper  in Times Square, New York, painting a huge poster calling for men to enlisti n the Navy

Artists - Henry Reuterdahl, famous marine artist, aiding in the recrui...

Date Taken: 1917 Photographer: International Film Service Artists

American Library Association - Posters - Poster used in call for books for men in the United Service

American Library Association - Posters - Poster used in call for books...

Date Taken: 1918 Photographer: American Library Association American Library Association - Posters

Colleges and Universities - Harvard University - Harvard Naval Cadel School, First Naval District.  Graduating class on its way through Harvard Yard to Emerson Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Colleges and Universities - Harvard University - Harvard Naval Cadel S...

Photographer: Herbert Turner Colleges and Universities - Harvard University

British troops in Detroit

British troops in Detroit

Photograph shows British soldiers participating in a Red Cross parade in Detroit, Michigan, on July 15, 1917 during World War I. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2015)

Artists - Noted artist paints original poster "Tell it to the Marines." James Montgomery Flagg, artist has given the public an opportunity to see him in action. He produced a life size picture of poster "Tell it to the Marines" in the N.Y. Public Library, to stimulate Marine recruiting. At right can be seen man who poased for him

Artists - Noted artist paints original poster "Tell it to the Marines....

Date Taken: 07/0/1918 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Artists

American Red Cross - N thru W - "The Greatest Mother in the World." Miss Aimee Smith, of Washington, D.C. was selected by the American Red Cross as the most suitable young woman to pose for the famous poster used in the Second War Fund Drive May 1918. She is shown posing as she did for the poster: "The Greatest Mother in the World."

American Red Cross - N thru W - "The Greatest Mother in the World." Mi...

Photographer: Underwood & Underwood American Red Cross - N thru W

American Library Association - Posters - Poster in hotel lobby brings books for soldiers. This poster placed in the lobby of the Hotel Gibson Cincinnati, Ohio has been the means of filling the basket over where it stands with books for soldiers

American Library Association - Posters - Poster in hotel lobby brings ...

Photographer: Felix J. Koch American Library Association - Posters

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

France - in a front line trench

France - in a front line trench

Photograph shows British troops in a trench in France during World War I. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2015)

American Library Association - Posters - Poster used in A.L.A. Campaign for books. Camp Meade

American Library Association - Posters - Poster used in A.L.A. Campaig...

Photographer: American Library Association American Library Association - Posters

Artists - Noted artist makes statuette of Marine poster. James Montgomery Flagg, modeling a clay statuette of his famous poster, "Tell that to the Marines."

Artists - Noted artist makes statuette of Marine poster. James Montgom...

Date Taken: 09/0/1918 Photographer: Underwood & Underwood Artists

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek

California - Mare Island Navy through Mission Creek