The Hulton Getty Picture Collection
Decades of the 20th Century
Ed. Könemann, 1998
A US Liberator bomber drops its load on
500-pound bombs from a Flying Fortress hurtle toward the oil refinery at Livorno (
A huge campaign was mounted to save waste and recycle materials. It was partly a morale-boosting exercise, to persuade civilians that they could take an active part in the war. In this case, the message was directed at the citizens of
Dressed more for the camera than her surroundings, artist Ethel Gabain paints a scene of air raid damage for the Ministry of Information, November 1940. The Government believed that paintings often served better than photographs as propaganda.
‘Business as usual’ at its most absurd. Readers browse among the charred remains of the Earl of Ilchester’s library at Holland House in 1941. The house was so badly damaged that it was left derelict until 1952.
July 1945. Poles await distribution of bread and blankets by UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) workers at Weimar Station,
May 1945. Frederick Ramage’s picture of French, Belgian, Dutch and Polish refugees crossing the Elbe over what is left of the bridge at Tangermünde. The bridge had been blown up by the retreating German army. The refugees are fleeing from the advancing Russians.