Levittown, Pa.
BuildingtheSuburbanDream

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Exhibit acknowledgements

Photo of Levittown homes

"Suburbia is becoming the most important single market in the country. It is the suburbanite who starts the mass fashions—for children, … dungarees, vodka martinis, outdoor barbecues, functional furniture, [and] picture windows … All suburbs are not alike, but they are more alike than they are different."
William H. Whyte, author of the 1956 best seller, The Organization Man
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During the 1950s, Levittown embodied the suburban lifestyle, with its emphasis on youth, leisure, consumer goods, and "easy living."

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Photo of William J. Levitt

Family looking down on Levittown from Holly Hill section, c. 1956. [Jack Rosen]

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