Postwar Suburbia Images
Viewers peer into a model of the future urban center at the General Motors "Futurama" exhibit at the New York World's Fair, 1939.
General Motors "Futurama" designers imagine fourteen lanes of highway crossing the American landscape by the year 1960.
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.
William Levitt, father of the Levittown empire, on the cover of Time magazine, 13 July 1950.
A family poses in front of their single-family "Cape Cod" home, one of the first built in Levittown, 1948.
A floor plan for the "Cape Cod" model home, one of the first types of homes offered by Levitt & Sons, 1947.
Aerial view of Disneyland, c. 1957.
"Disney Day" honors the grand opening of Walt Disney Elementary in Levittown, September 1955.
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 presidential campaign rally for Republican candidate Richard M. Nixon, 1960.
One of the few remaining drive-in theaters along Route 66.
An advertisement for the 1949 Studebaker Champion Starlite coupe.
A poster protesting the building of a freeway through an African-American community in Washington, D.C., c. 1968.
A colorful map of Route 66 and some of its key sites.
An aerial view of Southern California's Santa Monica Freeway and its neighboring suburbs, c. 1965.
Dinny and Mr. Rex, the two dinosaurs that stand along the interstate highway in Cabazon, California.
World's Largest Ball of Twine, an oddly popular roadside attraction along Highway 24 in Kansas.
Sunset at the Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas.
The Gemini Giant, a roadside oddity in Wilmington, Illinois.