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America moved into the "Roaring Twenties", the automobile became an
important part of the every citizen's life. The car became more affordable for
the people with the average income. Automobile production figures rose from two
million in 1920 to five and a half in 1929. By the late twenties a point was
reached at which it was possible to move the entire population of the United
States by road at one time, since there was close to one motor vehicle for
every five people. Thus the car was no longer a luxury, but a useful and
necessary item of the household. 

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two factors that made this possible. First - the price drop on the cars, which
reached its lowest point in 1926, when a Model T (one of the first Ford's cars)
could be bought for $290. Secondly there was a liberal access to the credit for
both consumers and dealers. The big companies such as General Motors and Ford
went into financing of sales on a big scale. The result was that by 1925
three-fourths of all sales of motor vehicles, new and used, were made on
time-payment plans.  

manufacturing was by then the largest industry in the country and was still
growing rapidly. Employment in the automobile factories was a quarter of a
million in 1922 and in excess of the 400,000 in 1929; the amount of paid wages
doubled from $400 millions to $800 millions. It also had a great effect on
other industries: highway construction, retail, repair and gas services. These
industries employed about the 1,2 million people. The motor vehicle was now
consuming annually 90% of the country's petroleum products, 80% of the rubber,
20% of steel, 75% of the plate glass, and 25% of the machine tools.

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