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The year 1953 was exciting. GIs were finishing up their college careers on the GI Bill, graduating as lawyers, businessmen, and other professionals. The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System was being planned, and with the auto industry re-tooling from war production, Americans were busy seeing the U.S.A. in their Chevrolets, Fords, and Plymouths. The automobile had replaced trolley cars on the interurbans for local travel, and airliners—the DC-3s, Martins, Boeing Stratacruisers and Lockheed Constellations—were digging into the passenger train business. Rural Americans were flocking to the big cities, and U.S. industries stepped-up production of consumer goods.


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