It’s hard to imagine what World War II was really like if you were born long after it ended. As more veterans die every day, fewer people are alive that can remember it. While books can teach you everything there is to know about the war, nothing can capture the reality as well as photos of the real people who were affected by it.
During World War II, James Allison, a sports writer working for the Houston Press, noticed that many photographs not printed in the daily newspaper were routinely discarded. He received permission to save these images, and by war’s end he had amassed a collection of more than 4,600 photographs. In August 1977, Allison donated his collection to the Arkansas Museum of Science and History, located in the historic Arsenal building in MacArthur Park. Today, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History owns and preserves these images.