27 Vintage Photos of Military Couples That Will Melt Your Heart

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Browse through a gallery of vintage photos of military couples. So romantic!

Love doesn’t change though the years do. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember that people in photos from bygone eras had the same concerns, hopes, dreams, and loves that we do. On a whim one morning, I was browsing vintage photos and came across these wonderful pieces of art. Some of them moved me to tears. Others left me grinning. But they all left me hoping that if we have grandchildren, ours will some day look at our photos and see a happy couple, thrilled to death to be with each other, and looking forward to our future together.


Photo Booth Portrait

#vintage #photo booth

Before Shipping Out

Mary Jane by 912greens, via Flickr

A Float and a Smile


Love Birds

Obscura LA - Love Birds

A Wedding Portrait

1940’s newlyweds

On the Honeymoon Express


Hand-in-Hand by the Stanley

I will walk through time and search for you, my true love

Looking into the Future

I don't know who they are.  Illinois, 1943
Credit: I couldn’t find a link for this photo (it was broken on Pinterest), however, it is such a gorgeous photo I had to include it.


Valentine's Day 1944

Love in Paradise

Three lovely ladies embrace their military beaus.c.1940s


Out on the Town

"1943" Same year My Parents were married in New York, My Father was in the Army and my Mother accompanied him there from Louisville,KY
Credit: Sadly, this photo led to a broken link on Pinterest, but this is such a beautiful photo, I couldn’t not include it. (By the way, check out her shoes!)

Photo Booth Candids

1940s World War 2 queer gay kiss men in photobooth military photo black and white sailors by Christian Montone, via Flickr

A Shoulder to Lean On

Vintage war love....makes me think of my grandparents.

Looking On

WWII homecoming <3
Credit: Sadly, a broken link.


Wartime Romance ~

A Formal Portrait

Lovely couple ~

 A Midday Hike

Sailors and their sweethearts... how cute :)


 Dressed to the 9s

1940’s couple

At the Bus Terminal

Soldiers with their girls at the Indianapolis bus station. Indianapolis, 1943. (By Esther Bubley)

Down the Aisle

Vintage African American Photo Wedding Picture Bride Groom Military Man | eBay

A WWI Wedding

World War I weddingCredit

The Main Squeeze

WWII couple! (Why are couples from the Greatest Generation so sweet?)

Bracelets Are a Girl’s Best Friend

A present for his girlfriend, California, 1943. #vintage #1940s #WW2 #couple

On a Pedestal

Love this photo! "african american couple vintage"

The Luau Photo Strip


Merry Christmas, War is Over

Home for the holidays. Welcome home my love!

For Always

"like this for always  - freddie"

If you happen to recognize any of these faces and know their story, I would love to hear it!

21 Responses

  1. The only word I can come up with is … lovely. The style, the elegance, the hint of a story behind each photo. Love it! (Okay, clearly I came up with a few more words … lol)

  2. These are so fantastic!! I love all of them, they’re such an awesome collection. My mom once bought a box of old photos at an auction and it had a bunch of letters written between a WWII soldier and his girl at home. My mom tried to find the family & couldn’t, but it was so cool to know the story of the pictures!

    1. Oh, that is so cool! It’s too bad that you couldn’t find the family, but what a wonderful thing to have stumbled upon!

  3. Oh my gosh I love this! I always tell Dane that I was born in the wrong era, because classics are my favorite. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Sometimes I think I was too! But it is pretty nice to not have to worry about contracting polio and being able to access wi-fi. ;-)

  4. I share your love of all things vintage and these photos are amazing! In particular, the photo of the young man giving his sweetheart a bracelet spoke to me, as my passion is restoring vintage WWII sweetheart jewelry by hand. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Hi Jo,
    Thank you so much for sharing these they are absolutely beautiful! Sharing with my fan page. LOVE your blog! xo Gaby

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  7. Love these pictures. Thank you for putting them all together! We had a military wedding. I tried and tried to find an old car for us to get pictures with because our love story and wedding reminded me so much of the WWII era, like many of these pics. ❤️

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