Several years ago a friend from church gave me a big box of Life magazines from WW2. There's at least 50, and they cover from 1940-1945, with few earlier and later. I have the first four after Pearl Harbor, but no D-Day.
I love reading them, especially the ads. It's a sort of time machine to a very different America. I have a degree in history and collect old American history textbooks, so they are particularly valued.
Any way I pulled a few at random and took a few pics of stuff that might be interesting, including some watch ads.
This is an ad from the November 3, 1941 issue. The nasty side of nuclear power wasn't appreciated yet. The 2nd pic is a closer view of the text.
Here's an ad from the October 16, 1944. Now that victory is in sight, companies are thinking ahead to consumer goods again.
And the text:
A Hamilton ad from the same issue.
And some cool stuff like this:
And for our Australian members, an article about Aussie war brides.