13 Vintage Photographs Showcase the Soft Sensuality & Elegance of 1940s Women

Russian photographer Nina Leen is known for her timeless black and white photographs that have graced the pages of Life magazine. After emigrating to the United States of America, she captured the classic beauties, poised and graceful in the face of the camera, of the 1940s period. 

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Dresden am Ufer. Dresden in Sachsen, Eastern Germany, became a city in 1206 and celebrated its 800th birthday in 2006. It was home to many Saxon kings, the most famous being August der Starke, whose kingdom included Poland. They appertained to the family of the Wettiner and were closely related to many other European royal families. Many buildings date from their reign and the rich art collections are testimony of their extreme wealth. The last Saxon king abdicated in 1918. 75% of the historical center was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945. These events have left deep scars on the city and are still remembered annually with processions and ceremonies. More than 30,000 people died in the bombing - the exact number is unknown. For many years the ruins and now the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche acted as a call for peace among the nations of the world. The historical center is now largely restored to its former glory, though some parts are still under reconstruction.