One of the biggest long-term effects of the war was the creation of the "Baby Boom" generation. They were the children of the people who lived through the war, who then had children in the years after World War II when wartime service was a thing of the past and couples could settle down in Levittown and Akron.
|Lockheed worker "Big Jim" Dougherty and his lady, June 1942. Do you recognize the blushing bride? I think you know a lot about her. She was just 16, and her initials in later years were MM.|
The Boomer generation is generally considered to have begun in 1946 and ended in 1964.
|Tyrone Power with his first wife, French actress Annabella, 1943.|
Here are some pictures of the couples who likely participated in making the Boomer generation happen. Most of them are wedding photos, though not all. This is another of my "pointless" pages, such as my one on cats in World War II, which simply aims to capture a moment in time, the reality of life for ordinary people without dramatizing things by showing some epic battle or valiant deeds. This sort of scene was as relevant, or actually more relevant, to the people pictured than dramatic images of some shell exploding on a beach or a random plane firing its guns.
I have names for some of these couples, but really, that kind of detail is kind of irrelevant to my purpose. I'm just trying to show life during the war, what it was like on the home front.
|It was fashionable at the time for brides to wear their best dress/outfit in their wedding photos rather than their actual wedding gown.|
|Wait.. what? Two mokes in a photo booth, probably on 42nd Street.|
|Just to be, you know, fair about these things.... The Bronx lady on the right has a classic '40s look, if it's not her own wedding it is probably someone else's. I assume her mink is inside; she could use a nice brooch to complement the necklace. I don't know what the foofy thing is on her shoulder, it look somewhat familiar but in any event it's a bit much. I am a little surprised at the dark gloves, but they do go with the purse and shoes; personally I think white or tan would have been a better choice, but then, this isn't a color photo so I can't really tell. They are probably very nice leather. Let me just say that lady is sharp. Word is this is 1949, so I'm cheating a bit on the war connection, but she made the dress herself. As for the other lady, her godmother, I hope her leg didn't hurt too bad where those band-aids are.|
|An SS wedding.|
|Maybe a future wedding?|
|You know what they say about working for the same employer....|
|He survived long enough to get all those decorations, he'll survive marriage, too.|
|These two actually seem to like each other.|
|These two also. I sense a possible match. Mom and dad look okay with it, too.|