1940's WWII Couple

There is something very romantic about a WWII couple and this vintage photo shows a US Army Air Force crewman with his sweetheart while home on leave.

1940's WWII couple

This is my aunt and uncle so I know the story. This man was a tail gunner on a B17 bomber during WWII. He came home on one leave during his deployment and this photo was taken at that time. He is wearing his military uniform and has his arm around his young wife who is wearing her hair in a classic pin up style. Her hair is dark, full of curls, and shoulder length. The top has height while the sides are bobby pinned close to the scalp to give the appearance of a partial updo. It was common for women of this era to wear a simple white blouse and a patterned print skirt that has a wide waist band and pleats. The length is to the knee. Her shoes lace up and bobby socks were fashionable.

Here is a close up shot to see her hairstyle much more easily.

portrait close up

How to get her style: first you will need setting lotion, water, bobby pins, rattail comb, and hair dryer. Working with sections apply water if not already wet and setting lotion prior to winding the strands into a circle and then pinning to the scalp with bobby pins using two in a criss-cross fashion. After locks are dry (either by air or hair dryer), use fingers to comb through the curls. Some back combing on top of the underneath layers will add volume. Pin the sides down by pulling some strands from the face at eye level toward the back. Hairspray to finish off will keep the 'do in place.