Here’s What Life In Rhode Island Looked Like In 1940

With the crazy pace of life these days, sometimes it’s nice to look back on simpler times. We discovered these photos of everyday life in Rhode Island in the Yale University Vintage Photo Library. They offer a glimpse of people going about their daily activities, not a smartphone or driverless car in sight.

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:

These wonderful vintage photos give us a taste of what life was like in 1940 here in Rhode Island. Do they make you wistful for simpler days gone by?