Saturday, December 29, 2018

27 Wonderful Vintage Photos Showing Everyday Life of American Teenage Boys in the 1940s

In 1940 as many as 8 out of 10 high school graduate teen boys went to war. The
teenage boys and college age young men who remained were part of a new fashion
movement that was entirely designed for teens by teens.

Boys adopted men’s clothing for their wardrobe but put on a more casual, relaxed,
spin on it. Their styles were not as extreme as the girls but none the less an
important shift in fashion history.

Here's a series of photographs of teenage boys taken by LIFE photographer Nina Leen
in Des Moines, Iowa in 1945.



Teen-ager dressed up for a week night date.



School dress of average high school boy.



Teenaged boys working on a 1927 Ford Model T.



Teen-age boys always carry a comb in their back pocket.



Teen-age boy drinking coke and eating crackers in bed.



Teen-age boy examining results of his first shave, the necessity for which only 
he could see, at home.



Teen-age boy taking second helping of pork chops.



Portrait of a smiling teen-age boy.



Teenage boy wearing sweater with letter R, relaxing outside.



Teen-age boy eating large breakfast.



Teen-age boys and girls eating lunch and drinking milkshakes in drug store.



Boy's playing cards in bedroom, which is nothing new, they live in their 
rooms.



 Teenaged boys, rather than using a jack, simply lift the car so that the one 
pulling on tire can change it.



Teen-age boys eating lunch and drinking milk in drug store.



 Teen-age boys spend most of their time loafing around.



Teenage boys hang out in friend's bedroom, drinking Cokes, eating potato chips 
with assorted paraphernalia - gun, bow and arrows, pinups - visible around the 
room, Des Moines, Iowa.



Next to girls, teen-age boys like sports, usual Saturday afternoon pasttime.



Young men in plaid shirts drinking ice-cream sodas at soda fountain.



Boy combing his hair and puts in front wave, boys really like wavey hair but 
not curly hair.



Boys heckling girls at a hen party.



Boy eating candy bar in school and getting away with it is quite a trick, 
usually done under cover of school book.



Teen-age boys like reading sports and comic books at local drug store.



Next to girls, teen-age boys like sports, usual Saturday afternoon pasttime.



Teen-age boy in garage with father fixing a smashed fender.



Teen-age boys and girls drinking milkshakes in drug store.



Teen-age boy wearing Saturday outfit.



The local movie theater, boys have a very difficult time finding a place to 
put their long legs.



(Photos by Nina Leen, via LIFE archives) 





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