There are times when I find it difficult to get my creative engine started in generating plot, characters, settings, etc. for my story writing. Inspiration isn’t something that easily comes on demand, particularly if you spend a large portion of your day doing analytical tasks. So I spent a little bit of time stumbling to some new sites and came across this great repository of photographs from the Library of Congress depicting Americans from the Great Depression to World War II. There are also many pictures here from 1939-1943. It is difficult to look at these pictures and not begin thinking of story lines and character traits.
So if you find yourself in need of inspiration, just start looking at some good photographs or paintings and your creativity will be reawakened.