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Levittown PA: 1958

Levittown PA: 1958

My mother designed and sewed this dress for herself in the late 1950's. I am guessing, based on the hem length, around 1958. She then had my father take her picture. Her intention was to show off her design and dress-making skills. But what this picture really shows is the mid century modern and still new world of Levittown, Pennsylvania during the first few years after it was built in 1953. Every house got two fruit trees and two pine trees that were basically single stalk sticks. With no landscaping the lots look huge, but they are only a quarter acre. Brick patio was an owner added modification. (In other words my father laid those bricks out in a bed of sand). She is standing at 110 Dogwood Drive, and you are looking diagonally northwest at the homes with lower street numbers. View full size.

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SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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