Alfred Eisendstaedt Photographs of the Delegates at the Bretton Woods Conference at the Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, July 1944 and Photograph of the Mount Washington Hotel.
The meeting of representatives from the 44 allied nations to create a new system of world finance in 1944 is, without doubt, the most important world historical event to happen in New Hampshire. The conference led to the creation of what is now known as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Debates at the conference sought to balance Britain’s desire for an economic policy pursuing full employment and the United States’ hope to promote free trade. The agreements, according to Henry Morgenthau at the time, were meant to bring an end to “economic nationalism.”
Also, there were a lot of great mustaches and suits.