If you know someone in the service, you understand the pain of saying goodbye for extended periods of time, not knowing when or if you’ll ever see them again. Below, you’ll find photos from the 1930s through the 1950s, of love during wartime. There are romantic and timeless elements within these photos that seem almost impossible to recreate today. There is uniformity in dress, which adds to the aesthetic and history of the photo, and perhaps more importantly, a transparency of emotion. The photographers managed to capture the subjects at the perfect moments, at the height of their feelings, whether it be heartbreak just before a farewell or an overwhelming sense of joy at their loved one’s return. If you have someone special on deployment or have gone through the experience in the past, we commend you for your strong hearts, and hope that they are filled with love, hope, and faith, always.