This Is What Life In Illinois Looked Like In 1939. WOW.

The year was 1939. The country was still struggling with the economic crisis and, particularly in southern Illinois, times were hard. Yet, life went on, and it looked much like what it looks like today–with some key differences. Here are pictures of what it was like to live in Illinois in 1939.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

There were some lean times in Illinois in 1939, as there were across the country. But they were able to pull through it and helped make our state what it is today!