Vintage Postcards


born: 1901-1926


  • The GI generation was coined by authors William Strauss and Neil Howe in their book Generations: The History of America's Future as a tribute to American soldiers in World War II.

  • The term  Greatest generation was used when journalist Tom Brokaw talked about this generation's coming of age during the Great Depression and then went on to fight in World War II. He even added that they fought, not out of obligation but because it was the right thing to do.

  • They are called the Good Kid generation because they are the beneficiaries of such luxuries as child-labor restrictions, scouting clubs, playgrounds, and even vitamins.

  • They are called the Swing generation because of the jazz music that was popular during their time period.


  • There were about 70 million total live births between 1901 and 1926.

  • As children, this generation were recorded as having the highest academic achievement.

  • As young adults, they were the first to crown Miss America and to cheer for All-American athletes. They endured the Great Depression and fought in World War II.

  • They were recipients of the GI Bill which yielded an economic boom and migration to the suburbs. 

  • They launched rockets to the moon and invented vaccines.

  • Felt duty to civics and community 


  • loyal and patriotic, supported the American way of living

  • understand the value of being seen and not heard

  • their word is their bond (keep their promises)

  • frugal in their spending and save vigorously

  • view personal responsibility as honorable

  • humble and modest

  • act because of what is expected rather than out of values or beliefs

  • did not have good relationships with their children but they held their families together