The life expectancy rates were lower, birth control options were limited and divorce rates were down.
So, what was it like to date and be in love back when men were at war and women were entering the workforce?
But we rarely think about what it was like beyond that, and how different things were in other eras.
From World War II to the baby boom, there was a lot going on in the 1940s.
Dating is a stage of romantic or sexual relationships in humans whereby two or more people meet socially, possibly as friends or with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in a more committed intimate relationship or marriage.
It can be a form of courtship that consists of social activities done by the couple.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two or more people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
The chores which take up the most time are preparing and cooking food, washing up (or loading up the dishwasher), cleaning the bathroom and kitchen, and washing clothes.
Nick Stanhope, executive director of Historypin, said he was "excited" about the public adding their own family photos, videos and memories to the online collection, to chart in more detail how women - and women's role in society - have changed through the ages.
The archive, which already has more than 1,200 images is being hosted on a website called History Pin, and is calling for members of the public to upload their photos dating back to the 1950s to show how technology and energy have changed their lives – particularly in the home.
Sports TV presenter Clare Balding is backing the campaign.
A new policy is now in effect for weddings to be submitted for publication in The News women's pages. Singers then crooned of pretty girls who were like melodies and of love in bloom.