From 1912 until 1959, Alaska was a territory of the United States. As you can tell from many of these photos, Alaska was explored and discovered due to the aviation industry. Even today there is a high ratio of pilots-to-population. Unfortunately, during the years that Alaska and its interior were being explored, there were over 1700 aircraft wreck sites. The following photos were taken during the 1940s in Alaska and give you a good feel for what life looked like for a majority of the population.

Which photo do you find most interesting? Share any stories you have from the time period in the comments.

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