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Chapter 6: Suburban Utopia: The Postwar Middle-Class Fantasy

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Figure 6.1
After the war ended, fan magazine ads and articles encouraged readers to travel and enjoy more leisure time. Image from the June 1946 issue of Motion Picture courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.
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Figure 6.2
Photos like these suggested that celebrities lived in modest suburban homes. Image from the June 1946 issue of Motion Picture courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.
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Figure 6.3
Celebrity photo spreads emphasized their family lives in the postwar years. Image from February 1950 issue of Photoplay courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.
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Figure 6.4
Home became the site of glamour after the war. Image from February 1955 issue of Photoplay courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.
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Figure 6.5
Many women married in their teens after the war. Advertisement from August 1947 issue of Photoplay courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.
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Figure 6.6
Marriage once again took center stage in advertisements for women’s cosmetics. Advertisement from March 1952 issue of Motion Picture courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.
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Figure 6.7
Advertisement from July 1953 issue of Motion Picture courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.
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Figure 6.8
Family life was central in celebrity coverage during the 1950s. Image from September 1958 issue of Photoplay courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.
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Figure 6.9
Image from September 1958 issue of Photoplay courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.
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Figure 6.10
Stories about celebrity baby showers and pictures of nurseries became common after the war. Image from March 1947 issue of Photoplay courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.
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Figure 6.11
Image from January 1955 issue of Photoplay courtesy of University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library.
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