It’s Throwback Thursday! Our last TBT post featured the oldest photos of Sikh women that we could find, dating back to 1875! Today, we showcase photos from the 1940s and 1950s. If you have vintage photos of Kaurs, we’d love to post them! Share them with us at info@kaurlife.org. Enjoy!

Sikhs in an East London bomb shelter during the WW2 London Blitz. Source: Old-Pics of Sikh Sikhism & Punjab Facebook Page
Sikhs in an East London bomb shelter during the WW2 London Blitz. Source: Old-Pics of Sikh Sikhism & Punjab Facebook Page

 

A Sikh woman working on a gun during WWII. 1940s. Source: Sikhs Past & Present.
A Sikh woman working on a gun during WWII. 1940s. Source: Sikhs Past & Present.
Year: 1947. Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck Inspecting Members of the Indian Women's Auxiliary Corps. There might be a few Sikh women in the lineup. Source: National Army Museum
The history of this photo is unclear. Version one: Sikh women of the Royal Air Force during WWII. Source: History Needs You by Matthew Ward. Version Two: Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck inspecting members of the Indian Women’s Auxiliary Corps in 1947. Source: National Army Museum.
Source: Old-Pics of Sikh Sikhism & Punjab Facebook Page
Year: 1945. Source: Old-Pics of Sikh Sikhism & Punjab Facebook Page

 

1945. Source: Old-Pics of Sikh Sikhism & Punjab Facebook Page
Year: 1945. Source: Old-Pics of Sikh Sikhism & Punjab Facebook Page

 

Sikhs Migrating to India after the 1947 Partition of Punjab. Photo by Margaret Bourke-White. This image comes from the historical archives of LIFE Magazine. Source: Art.com
Sikhs migrate to India after the 1947 Partition of Punjab. Photo by Margaret Bourke-White. This image comes from the historical archives of LIFE Magazine. Source: Art.com

 

A Sikh carrying his wife as they migrate during the 1947 Partition of Punjab. Photo by Margaret Bourke White. This image comes from the historical archives of LIFE Magazine. Source: Art.com
A Sikh carries his wife as they migrate during the 1947 Partition of Punjab. Photo by Margaret Bourke White. This image comes from the historical archives of LIFE Magazine. Source: Art.com

 

Sikh women at gurdwara. Taken sometime during the 1950s. Source: She Is From India Tumblr
Sikh women at gurdwara. Taken sometime during the 1950s. Source: She Is From India Tumblr
Year: 1955. Kaurs lobbying for a Punjabi speaking state during the Punjabi Subha Morcha. Source: Sikh Central Museum.
Year: 1955. Kaurs lobbying for a Punjabi speaking state during the Punjabi Subha Morcha. Source: Sikh Central Museum.

 

"A well arranged kitchen in a Panjab village home, mid 1950s." Digitized by the Panjab Digital Library.
“A well arranged kitchen in a Panjab village home, mid 1950s.” Digitized by the Panjab Digital Library.

 

Year 1957. Ratan Kaur with her children in Punjab. Source: Private collection.
Year 1957. Ratan Kaur with her children in Punjab. Source: Private collection.
Year: 1975. Puran Kaur (about age 7) daughter of Rattan Kaur (above) posing with an orange. Punjab. Source: Private Collection
Year: 1975. Puran Kaur (about age 7) daughter of Rattan Kaur (above) posing with an orange. Punjab. Source: Private Collection

We hope you enjoyed the pictures! The photos above were discovered at the following websites. Check them out for more old photos of Sikhs and Punjab!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Pics-of-SikhSikhism-and-Punjab/158330590957988?ref=br_tf

http://centralsikhmuseum.com/tag/punjabi-suba-morcha/

http://sheisfromindia.tumblr.com/image/41802415831

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Punjab-Digital-Library/113464065370155  http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/detail.php?acc=1957-10-9-1-127 https://twitter.com/HistoryNeedsYou

http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/detail.php?acc=1957-10-9-1-127

http://www.sikhs.8k.com/SIKHS_TODAY.html