It would seem that the coming of the Second World War and the regulations that followed spelled the death of the belted back in America. Catalogs and ads from the war period rarely ever show belted backs. When they were available they were older pre-war models on clearance, as the photos below from the Spring/Summer 1942 issue of the Sears/Roebucks catalog shows. What killed the belted back in America? Was it purely the wartime regulations, a change in fashion or a combination of the two? Was there a documented resurgence of the belted back right after the war before the 'Bold Look' dominated the scene or did the style die for good until the 1970s when there was a short rebirth? Did the belted back live longer in other countries, specifically in Europe? It seems to me that the war would have killed them off in Europe first before they disappeared in America.