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These two images of crowds come in the same remarkable issue of The Illustrated London News for 4 August 1945—the war in Europe was over, and the war in the Pacific, for all intents and purposes, would be over in two days.
The first image shows passengers on board the "Queen Elizabeth"—a contingent of 14,000 American soldiers beginning their journey home following the defeat of Hitler. It is a raucous, joyful image, with nearly everyone waving, happy to have arms to wave, happy to be alive to wave their arms, happy to be going home.
The second, “Not a Display of Toys”, shows
only one section of a large airfield “in Europe” (actually in U.S.-administered