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Postwar Suburbia Images

"Futurama" and the City

Viewers peer into a model of the future urban center at the General Motors "Futurama" exhibit at the New York World's Fair, 1939.

"Futurama" and the Road

General Motors "Futurama" designers imagine fourteen lanes of highway crossing the American landscape by the year 1960.

The German Autobahn

A car cruises along the curves of the Autobahn in Germany, a highway with four divided lanes and no traffic lights; this type of roadway served as one model for the development of the American interstate highway.

The Father of Levittown

William Levitt, father of the Levittown empire, on the cover of Time magazine, 13 July 1950.

A Levittown Home

A family poses in front of their single-family "Cape Cod" home, one of the first built in Levittown, 1948.

Floor Plan for a Levittown Home

A floor plan for the "Cape Cod" model home, one of the first types of homes offered by Levitt & Sons, 1947.

The "Magic Kingdom"

Aerial view of Disneyland, c. 1957.

"Disney Day"

"Disney Day" honors the grand opening of Walt Disney Elementary in Levittown, September 1955.

"The Kitchen Debate"

U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev engaged in the "kitchen debate" at the American National Exhibition in Moscow, 1959.

An Invitation to a Nixon Rally

An invitation to a presidential campaign rally for Republican candidate Richard M. Nixon, 1960.

Drive-in Theater

One of the few remaining drive-in theaters along Route 66.

The New Starlite

An advertisement for the 1949 Studebaker Champion Starlite coupe.

"White Man's Road"

A poster protesting the building of a freeway through an African-American community in Washington, D.C., c. 1968.

Route 66

A colorful map of Route 66 and some of its key sites.

Ribbons of Road

An aerial view of Southern California's Santa Monica Freeway and its neighboring suburbs, c. 1965.

Dinny and Mr. Rex

Dinny and Mr. Rex, the two dinosaurs that stand along the interstate highway in Cabazon, California.

World's Largest Ball of Twine

World's Largest Ball of Twine, an oddly popular roadside attraction along Highway 24 in Kansas.

The Cadillac Ranch

Sunset at the Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas.

The Gemini Giant

The Gemini Giant, a roadside oddity in Wilmington, Illinois.

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