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The 40s was a decade full of contradictions, hardship but also glamour and change. Take a look at some of the most beautiful images from the times.
Her makeup was typical of the 40s: pale complexion, dark, arched brows, eyeliner and a dark red lip.
Film noir 'Gilda' was quite scandalous for the times and saw fiery redhead Rita Hayworth in full femme fatale mode. The movie is still a classic today.
The American born son of English immigrants starred in more than one hundred films and won an Oscar for 'High Noon' and later an Honorary Award. The stoic Cooper had affairs with many Hollywood leading ladies, including Marlene Dietrich, Lupe Velez, Grace Kelly and most notably Patricia Neal.
The pair starred in many film noirs together, most notably 'The Big Sleep'. Bacall was a stunning, tough woman with a husky voice to match. She never portrayed hopeless damsels waiting around to be saved. She was in charge of her own life. Bogart and Bacall were married for 12 years, until Bogey's death in 1957. Bacall is still acting.
The actress was adored by the public for many years and for a while every film she starred in was a hit. Her hairstyle was truly iconic and it's still sported by many glamorous women these days. Sadly luck turned for Lake and she died penniless at 50.
Christian Dior's very first collection was in 1947 and truly made an impact on fashion. He changed the boxy, spartan look of the 40s by introducing full skirts, waspy waists and soft shoulders. The look was elegant, sophisticated and feminine and changed fashion forever.
The Indian-born, British-raised actress and the English thespian had a stormy but long-lasting marriage, which spanned two decades.
This poster was printed in the US in the second world war to boost workers' morale. In truth it wasn't that wide-spread at the time and was rediscovered in the 80s. It has been used as a symbol of feminism ever since.
It was very uncommon for women to wear slacks in the 40s, but the trend took off with Hollywood stars. One of them, the very successful actress Katharine Hepburn, loved wearing them. She's arguably one of the first outspoken Hollywood feminists.
The American actress and dancer became the ultimate pin-up and army sweetheart of the second world war. Her legs were said to be the most beautiful in the world and were insured for a million dollars.
The future Queen gave her first radio broadcast on 13 October 1943.
Men, women and children celebrate the end of WWII in the streets of Britain in August 1945.
American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker was a very influential musician who fused many styles, including blues, classical and Latin with jazz. He was highly skilled and became seen as an intellectual artist, rather than merely an entertainer.
Singer and actor Bing Crosby released his album 'Merry Christmas' in 1945. The album was a huge success and included the famous song 'White Christmas' by Irvin Berlin. Crosby's version is to this day the most successful single ever, having sold over 50 million copies worldwide.
Although some rudimentary versions of something resembling a computer appeared before, the first one as we think of it today was created in 1941 by German engineer Konrad Zuse. The Z3 was destroyed in a bombing raid in Berlin in 1943 but Zuse helped rebuild his original machine in the 60s.