These pages are from the Basic Reader “Fun with Dick and Jane”, by William S. Gray and May Hill Arbuthnot. Illustrated by Eleanor Campbell and Keith Ward. Scott, Foresman and Company, 1946.
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I remember the Dick and Jane readers and always wondered did every family have Grandparents who lived out in the country and on a farm…mine were always a block away?
I wasn’t a city girl, so there was nothing unusual about it to me.
It depended purely on your family structure. The country was heavily rural before the war, and most of the rest were very urban, since there was no “in between” of suburbia because the concept of suburbia didn’t really come about until the building boom of the 1920’s when the “Streetcar Suburbs” came among with the bungalow neighborhoods immediately after WWI. Many had their beginnings with housing that was started to accommodate workers in the burgeoning war industries. But building was a slower process back then, without power tools, and with our late entry into the conflict, so many weren’t finished until well after the war ended.
Many people who had come from their rural beginnings to the work of war, if they weren’t enlisted, didn’t want to return after the war to the unsophisticated rural existence they came from. They stayed in the cities, leaving their parents and older relatives behind.
Others, who were second generation of immigrants who had come immediately into the crowded cities, didn’t have any other existence but the urban, and that’s where the following generations stayed and lived and knew nothing else.
The grandparents who lived but a few blocks from the children and grandchildren knew nothing of rural life, likewise the farming grandparents had known nothing else.
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