Friday, February 21, 2014
Shirley Temple, Kyle Chandler: "Homefront", FNL (Connie Britton) & "Wolf of Wall Street"
The promarriage ethic so prominent among the Depression-bruised youth who went to war cast a long shadow into the next decade. William Levitt had learned large-scale construction methods building airfields for the Navy during the war and was able to profitably adapt these techniques to large-scale homebuilding. In 1946 he started buying up Long Island potato fields and laying out suburban developments. There were other amenities, including plantings of apple and cherry trees, curved roads, swimming pools, playgrounds, and baseball fields: the Great American Suburban Dream, subsidized by federally guaranteed mortgages and accessible by federally financed highways. The basic model sold for $7,990 (about $90,000 in 2010), nearly $3,000 more than the $5,000 at which Americans ideally priced their dream houses in a 1945 poll, showing how inflation was already outstripping victory dreams. -"The Noir Forties: The American People From Victory to Cold War" (2012) by Richard Lingeman