Prewar

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Prewar Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    prewar adj : existing or belonging to a time before a war; "prewar levels of industrial production" [ant: postwar]
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The term pre-war or prewar (antebellum) is usually applied to the most recent or significant war in a culture's history.

It is, however, often used for the period before the American Civil War.

Regarding real estate and automobiles, the term refers to buildings from the (late) 1930s in the Functionalist or Art Deco styles.

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  • Houses of the week
    Sutton Place | $1.995 million Bedrooms: 2 | Bathrooms: 2 | Square feet: 1,600 | Maintenance: $3,783 This 1926 McKim, Meade and White building on East 57th Street, between First Avenue and Sutton Place, represents the gilded days of prewar living... Read more on this news related to 'Prewar'
  • Hayao Miyazaki offers anime enthusiasts a final flight of fancy
    The master of Japanese animation marks a departure from his Studio Ghibli style with The Wind Rises, which deals with Japan's prewar history It seems like yesterday that Hayao Miyazaki , the master of Japanese anime, was making his US debut with The Princess Mononoke , a lush, deeply imagined environmental allegory. That 1997 movie was the first time many Amer Read more on this news related to 'Prewar'
  • The Fateful Year: England 1914 by Mark Bostridge – review
    Anthony Quinn questions the 'innocence' of prewar Britain The numerals have an ominous ring in retrospect. Philip Larkin said it was beyond him to call his great poem from  The Whitsun Weddings "1914": its sound was too harsh. He preferred the "decent obscurity" of MCMXIV, with its suggestion of a lapidary inscription on a war memoria Read more on this news related to 'Prewar'

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