With much of the decade dominated by World War II, the 1940s have not gone down in history as the happiest of times. But the 40s had much more to them than war. Swing dancing, jazz, fabulous fashion, classic film, and even the first computer all helped to define the decade as well.
People of the 1940s did the best they could to smile through the tough times. Take a look at these photos from 40s to see what we mean.
Miss America contestants in 1945.