Monday, March 4, 2013

Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal amid ruins following German aerial bombing of London


This photo has is taken in 1945 and the boy (named Toni Frissell)  did in fact survive the war. In the photo he's actually sitting outside where his house used to be. azi Germany continued to bomb London up until 1945 using a variety of delivery methods. The "Little Blitz" of 1944 was the last time Nazi Germany employed aircraft to drop bombs over England. You are correct that Nazi Germany was using V-1 and V-2 rockets in 1945 and I didn't mean to offer erroneous information regarding the same.

Toni Frissell after the War:
 “I was told he had come back from playing and found his house a shambles—his mother, father and brother dead under the rubble…he was looking up at the sky, his face an expression of both confusion and defiance. The defiance made him look like a young Winston Churchill. This photograph was used by IBM to publicize a show in London. The boy grew up to become a truck driver after the war, and walking past the IBM offices, he recognized his picture.”
 Colorized version of the photo.


  1. Toni Frissell was the photographer's name, not the boy's. Actually, her real name was Antoinette Frissell Bacon, and she became famous mainly for her WWII and fashion photos.