Family models a prefabricated house in California, 1945


Photograph. Man, woman, and infant relax in the living room of a prefabricated home; a group of people are looking into the home through a window in the background. Official Caption: "(Series of 6). Rome. 6/17/45--Prefabricated house erected in 34 minutes--A five-room, 13-ton prefabricated house was assembled recently in the U.S. state of California in the amazingly short time of 34 minutes. The house has 700 square feet (65.1 square meters) of floor space and is of permanent construction. The walls, floors, and roof are made of a new variety of concrete said to be fireproof, waterproof and able to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes. The material can be sawed and nailed like wood and is lighter than any other type of concrete. This series of photos shows various steps in the assembly of the house.--Wide World Photos Through Rome OWI--Approved by appropriate military authority (List A Out).” California, United States. 1945 / [Secondary caption]: "The occupants of the new house play with their baby while curious neighbors peer through the large windows. A huge map of the world decorates one wall. Prefabricated houses are being planned by many American builders to meet the housing demand OWI 7120-6."”California, United States. 17 June 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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Prefabricated house--California