12 Very Rare Photos Taken During WWII In Boston

Between 1939 and 1945, World War II raged across the globe. The scale of the conflict meant that everyone was affected, including those far from the fighting. In Boston, some residents went off to war; those who stayed behind dealt with constant worry for their loved ones. As a port city, Boston was a center for shipbuilding and maintenance and, at MIT, people worked in secret effort to develop new radar technology.

The everyday lives of Bostonians changed as well. Every household felt the effects of rationing and more women entered the workforce, taking over positions left vacant by the men who’d joined the military. Overall, these years were a time of tumult and transition. These 12 shots provide a hint at life in Boston during World War II:

Which of these images do you find most surprising or intriguing? Do you think Boston has changed a lot over the years?

You may also be interested in our past article: “Here Are The Oldest Photos Ever Taken In Boston And They’re Incredible.”