images from life magazine, taken in the mid to late 1940’s by nina leen. not much has changed.

“teenage girl wearing blue jeans and large checkered shirt which is usual after-school costume. 1944”

“closeup of teenage girl’s wrist covered with six different identification bracelets which are as popular as the milk shake she is enjoying at a soda fountain. 1944”

“teenage girls wearing blue jeans hang out in friend’s living room, eating and drinking Cokes. 1944”

“teenage girl wearing her brother’s slacks and shirt. 1944”

“teenage girls wearing new animal pattern sweaters. 1945”

“madeline calcar modeling teen-age fashions, a short-sleeved sweater and black corduroy skirt. 1949”

“madeline balcar wearing a classic simple blue polka-dot dress. 1949”


  1. Hi,
    These are fantastic images. Where did you find them.


  2. “madeline balcar wearing a classic simple blue polka-dot dress. 1949″

    ♫don’t speak, i know just what you’re sayin…..♫

  3. I love the classic look. I feel as If I should have been born 50 years earlier than I was, so I could embrace this style…

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