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Title:
Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, 1940-1960
Author:
Historical Society of the Tonawandas.
Publication Information:
Charleston, South Carolina : Arcadia Publishing, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
127 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Road to recovery -- Call to valor -- Back on the road to recovery -- Baby boom -- Hometown pride -- Essence of community -- End of an era.
Added Corporate Author:
ISBN:
9781467122313
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Between the years of 1940 and 1960, Tonawanda and North Tonawanda virtually redefined themselves. The waning lumber industry gave way to manufacturing that accommodated first the war effort and then postwar market demands. After the war, men and women returned to family life, and the baby boom began. New homes, new schools, and new roads were built to serve the burgeoning population; meanwhile, local industries expanded, and new businesses took root. Well-paying jobs were plentiful, as were consumer goods such as televisions, modern appliances, and cars. Community pride was evident, with volunteers swelling the ranks of fire companies, churches, and service clubs. Downtown had dozens of shops, department stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues such as the Riviera and Melody Fair. Tonawanda and North Tonawanda: 1940-1960 celebrates the American Dream, an era when teenagers were rocking and rolling at school dances and hanging out at Zeffery's the Sugar Bowl, and Pee Wee's Pizzeria.


Author Notes

The Historical Society of the Tonawandas has drawn on its vast archival resources to produce a pictorial history of their close-knit community as it dug out of the Depression, struggled through the war years, and cruised into the fabulous 1950s.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
1 The Road to Recoveryp. 9
2 A Call to Valorp. 15
3 Back on the Road to Recoveryp. 31
4 The Baby Boomp. 47
5 Hometown Pridep. 63
6 The Essence of Communityp. 89
7 End of an Erap. 123
About the Organizationp. 127

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