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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VAN HOUTEN'S COCOA, c. 1890

On the Wagon: 1958

On the Wagon: 1958

Another scene of the now-five-year-old homes in the Dogwood section of Levittown, Pennsylvania. The view here is looking southeast from 110 Dogwood Drive. The trees are starting to look at least like bushes instead of sticks, though few of the homes (none in this frame) have been customized beyond what they looked like when they were built. Add three children playing with a wagon for a scene that looks straight out of a Dick and Jane reader.

Of course the illusion of idyllic bliss in mid-century suburbia is pure fiction. A lot was happening a few blocks over on Deepgreen Lane that wasn’t very nice at all. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Levitt would only sell homes to Caucasians, but he had no control over who those original owners sold their homes to; one owner on Deepgreen sold their home to a very nice family (their son was in my nursery school carpool, so I actually knew them and played with him) who was not white. View full size.

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