Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America

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Trailer Travel showcases the rich visual history of America's enduring fascination with life on the road. Beautifully reproduced color and black-and-white images culled from public archives and the private collections of passionate trailerites vividly document the travel trailer's storied past. The engaging volume offers a look at motor-camping trips in the early 1900s, the unparalleled innovations in trailer design during the thirties, rare and unique trailer models and interiors, and an extensive array of bold ...

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Overview

Trailer Travel showcases the rich visual history of America's enduring fascination with life on the road. Beautifully reproduced color and black-and-white images culled from public archives and the private collections of passionate trailerites vividly document the travel trailer's storied past. The engaging volume offers a look at motor-camping trips in the early 1900s, the unparalleled innovations in trailer design during the thirties, rare and unique trailer models and interiors, and an extensive array of bold and graphic promotional material, literature, and postcards that illustrate the undeniable attraction of living on wheels. Trailer Travel is the perfect book for the fan of the open road and the fervent collector of trailer ephemera.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586851576
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 7/11/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 807,234
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Documentary filmaker Phil Noyes is a producer of the popular PBS series California's Gold. He has completed a documentary about the history of the RV in America that will air beginning in spring 2002.

BRYAN BURKHART is the designer and co-author of Airstream: The History of the Land Yacht and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America. As creative director of his own firm, Modernhouse, he has designed books for Taschen, Chronicle Books, and Gibbs-Smith Publishers. Arieff and Burkhart live in San Francisco.

Allison Arieff is a writer, senior editor of the architecture magazine dwell, and co-author of Trailer Travel. She is also the editor of several books on art and culture, including Airstream: A History of the Land Yacht and Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop. She lives in San Francisco

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Motor camping emerged not long after the automobile was introduced. This new form of leisure received no small amoun of attention given the fact that some early proponents included Henry Ford, Thomas Alva Edison, Harvey Firestone, and President Warren G. Harding--who not only camped but did so together as a group. Thanks in large part to the affordability of the automobile, a larger public would soon follow suit. By 1921, an estimated 20,000 people had driven across the country, and in the following year, the New York Times predicted that 5 million out of 10.8 million cars on the road would be used for camping.

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Table of Contents

Motor Camping

Selling the Dream

Wish You Were Here

Trailer Shows

Take a Look Inside

I've Got This Idea

Trailer Logos

Teardrops

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Introduction

Trailer Travel showcases the rich visual history of America's enduring fascination with life and leisure on the open road. The book is a perfect compliment to a new television documentary on the colorful history of America's fascination with life on the road.

Within a few short years the trailerite has progressed from the category of tin can tourist to the aristocracy of the road. --Trailer Ahoy! By Charles Edgar Nash, 1937

Trailer Travel showcases the rich visual history of America's enduring fascination with life on the road. Beautifully reproduced color and black-and-white images culled from public archives and the private collections of passionate trailerites vividly document the travel trailer's storied past. This engaging volume has a broad scope, covering everything from the famous and well-documented motor-camping trips of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and naturalist John Burroughs in the early 1900s, to the unparalleled design innovations in the field during the thirties to the increasing popularity of antique RVs and trailer restoration today. It's the perfect book for the fan of the open road and the fervent collector of trailer ephemera.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    Trailer Travel: A Look at America's Past and Present

    This particular volume is most timely given the fact that over 3 million Americans are on the road full-time in assorted trailers. The RV is the King of the trailers, and everyone knows it. The house-trailer located in trailer-parks is considered to be between public housing, and skid-row. My friend lived in 'Liberty Trailer Park Estates' while in University with his wife and daughter. I visited often and learned all about trailer-park culture. I rather enjoyed my time in the park.But most Americans with access to economic resources think that the pre-fab housing market is not a good place, or thing. The latter folks buy a ton of RV's, and spend millions on this particular version of recreation. I liked the book because one got to see how the trailer industry was born back in the day. Awesome!The book was wonderful. Buy it and enjoy this peak into the past......

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