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Lustron : the house America's been waiting for

Author: Ed MooreBill KubotaBill FerehawkScott KempTony HumeckeAll authors
Publisher: Madison Heights, MI : KDN Videoworks, [2002] ©2002
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1945, WWII was over, but the peace was yet to be won. With millions of veterans returned from abroad, the U.S. faced the worst housing shortage in its history. Enter Carl Strandlund--inventor, holder of 150 patents, civilian war hero for his innovations in army tank plate production. Strandlund envisioned the mass-production of porcelain-enameled steel houses on an auto-style assembly line-the Lustron home.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Nonfiction films
History
Named Person: Carl Strandlund; Carl Strandlund
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Ed Moore; Bill Kubota; Bill Ferehawk; Scott Kemp; Tony Humecke; WOSU-TV (Television station : Columbus, Ohio),; Ohio State University,; KDN Videoworks, Inc.,
OCLC Number: 52952595
Notes: Special features: Deleted scenes (13 min.); Music video "The Lustron Home Blues" by Leonardo (4 min.).
Credits: Camera, Bill Kubota ; editor, Scott Kemp ; original music, Tony Humecke, Chip Smith ; research, Bill Ferehawk, Bill Kubota, Ed Moore ; historical consultant, Kristin Szylvian.
Performer(s): Narrator, Ed Moore; commentators, Joe Williams, Kathryn Welch, Wilson W. Wyatt, Kristin Szylvian, Sally Beiersdorf, Doug Knerr, Ron Sandborg, Richard Jones, Harold Denton, Hal Starr, James Barton, Bette Wallach, Richard Reedy, Joseph Tucker, Robert Runyan, Harold Warren, Alonzo Hamby, Arnold Newman, Pat Sutton, Ken Beiersdorf, William and Millie Sexton, Irene Swanson, Ed Newman, Jean Coleman, Florence and Warren Highstone, Leonardo.
Description: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Details: DVD; NTSC; Dolby Digital sound.
Contents: Intro --
In St. Louis --
Housing crisis --
Risky loan --
Believer --
New York premiere --
Truman's nephew --
Revolution --
Bathtub blues --
Suicide loan --
Kiss of death --
Witness --
Where the money went --
Still standing --
Original homeowners --
Leonardo/Credits.
Other Titles: House America's been waiting for
Responsibility: writer/producer/director, Ed Moore, Bill Kubota, Bill Ferehawk ; a co-production of WOSU-TV, the Ohio State University, and KDN Videoworks, Inc.

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In 1945, WWII was over, but the peace was yet to be won. With millions of veterans returned from abroad, the U.S. faced the worst housing shortage in its history. Enter Carl Strandlund--inventor, holder of 150 patents, civilian war hero for his innovations in army tank plate production. Strandlund envisioned the mass-production of porcelain-enameled steel houses on an auto-style assembly line-the Lustron home. Lustron represented a logical extension of the technological and organizational advances made during the war years to architecture, and at a projected 100 houses a day, would be key to solving the housing crisis. Poised for success, Washington opportunists marked Lustron as an easy money target, and threats, a take-over, bankruptcy, and finally a scandal involving Congressional hearings resulted. The story of the Lustron Corporation is an illuminating case study in the history of the American prefabricated housing industry during the first half of the 20th century.

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