World War II was a scary time for the majority of the world. But despite the chaos and battles halfway around the world, life carried on (almost) as usual here in Montana.
During the official years of WWII (1939 – 1945), three out of every 20 Montanans left. West Coast factories were paying $7.75 a day, the same as the mines in Butte, but the working conditions were much safer and more pleasant. Those who weren’t fighting in the war or working in those factories were trying to make the most of things at home.
It’s fun to look at old photos of Montana and get a glimpse into our past. However, these images make us grateful for modern photography.