The "ultra modern" community of Levittown sprawling out behind its shopping center. Levittown, PA, circa 1953.
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Aerial of the town

Credit: Library of Congress

The end of World War II set off a boom in housing construction, as Americans married and began having children in what became the great post-war baby boom. Constructed in the early 1950s near U.S. Steel's Fairless plant in Bucks County, Levittown was a self-contained community with its own pools, parks, elementary school, and shopping center.

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