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Explore unique vintage photos online

Thousands of old photos from World War 2 and beyond are now online, many for the very first time.

world war 2 soldiers

Vintage military photos

The 75th anniversary of VE Day is the perfect time to remember, celebrate and discover family heroes with iconic stills of the Allied Forces. It's quick and easy to pinpoint a World War 2 soldier, sailor or submarine with our clever search tools.

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1940s photos

Photos from the Home Front

What was life like in the 1940s? Rarely-seen snaps capture civilian roles, food rationing and that famous 'keep calm and carry on' community spirit.

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WW2 evacuees

World War 2 evacuee photos

Millions of women and children were evacuated from British towns and cities as war was declared. Photos taken at the time provide a glimpse into their remarkable stories.

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Snapshots in time, reframed.

1940s family photos

Milestone moments

Explore old family photos from baptisms, weddings and funerals.

Old school photos

Classrooms captured

Spot young relatives in thousands of old school photos.

WW2 factory

The daily grind

See unique portraits of the war effort and jobs generations ago.

Francis Frith photo archive

Discover even more vintage photos in the Francis Frith Collection

Born into a Quaker family in 1822 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Francis Frith was a remarkable person. The story of his life and the photographic archive that is now his legacy is fascinating. The photos his company created are an amazing and unique step back in time.

Online at Findmypast, you can search and view over 300,000 of Francis Frith's historical photos from over 9,000 UK cities, towns and villages spanning from 1860 to 1970.

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