“Postwar radios ready: First radios off the assembly line since war's end will be ready for the public after the holidays. Picture shows general view of assembly line at Emerson Radio & Phonograph Corp. New York”

By an unknown photographer, 1945

Many American workers feared the end of World War II would bring a return to pre-war unemployment. Not only did this expected postwar depression not materialize, but an enormous economic boom began. Consumer demand, pent up for years because of the war, and high wages, especially in the manufacturing sector, would keep assembly lines moving through the 1960s.

National Archives, Records of the Office of War Information (208-LU-38Z-2)