Levittown, Pa.
Building the Suburban Dream

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Planning, Building and Selling Levittown The Suburban Dream

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Becoming a Levittowner

Kidsville, USA

Levittown Electronic Hearth

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Exhibit acknowledgements


Levittown Electronic Hearth

television cartoon

Levitt was one of the first large-scale builders to recognize the importance of television. While some recommended placing TV sets in the basement or a separate family room, Levitt accepted the TV as an inevitable fixture of modern life and eventually eliminated the fireplace to make room for it.

You can view vintage film clips from "A City is Born," a 1953 documentary on Levittown.

The impact of television on family life was particularly evident at mealtime, when members often gravitated from the formal dining room to the living room sofa. At the same time, with everyone staying home to catch their favorite program, television encouraged family togetherness—or so its makers claimed!

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