The story behind the iconic image of an abandoned boy holding a stuffed animal in rubble, London, 1945

Below is the iconic photo of Toni Frissell in WW2, one of the most moving photos from the London Blitz.

The boy in the photo actually survived the war and became a truck driver. In the photo, he is sitting outside his house.

Frissell said: “I am told that he returned from the game to find his home in ruins – his mother, father and brother dead under the rubble…he was looking up at the sky, his face an expression of confusion and defiance. The challenge made him look like a young Winston Churchill. This photograph was used by IBM to publicize a concert in London. The boy grew up to be a truck driver after the war, and as he passed IBM offices he recognized his photo. ”

Toni Frissell was one of the most famous fashion photographers of the time, working with Cecil Beaton and Edward Steichen. During World War II, Frissell volunteered for the American Red Cross, later becoming the official photographer for the Women’s Army Corps. She traveled to the European front twice and spent time in London documenting the horrors of war above and below ground.