Knee-Deep In Ticker Tape

Associated Press

So went the LIFE caption, as news of the Japanese surrender spread across New York on August 14, 1945.

Finally an end to the war.

I Just Want To Bang On The Drum All Day

Check out these squirts, circa WWII, conducting a “lively aluminum salvage campaign” out of pots from their neighbors on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A grumpy bearded gramps doesn’t seem nearly as thrilled about the pursuit as the youth, but I think that’s just the face old folks make.