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The Beginning of RV

In 1910, there were few gas stations, few paved roads, and no highways but this is the year that America’s leading historians cite as the beginning of modern RV industry.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2016
Washington, D.C. A demonstration of FSA (Farm Security Administration) trailers. Linking up for the parade
In the late 1910s, there were few gas stations, few paved roads, and no highways was a time that America’s leading historians call the beginning of modern RV. In 1920s people who traveled like this were referred to as 'tin can tourists'. As time progressed, trailers became attractive, comfortable and earned a new name "house trailer" in the 1930s and 1940s.
In the late 1930s, during the Great Depression, FSA (Federal Farm Security Administration) built trailer camps to assist childless couples and families of one and two children in moving in areas where new factories were​ built, and labor was in demand. In 2005, FEMA provided temporary emergency housing using thousands of travel trailers.
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Portable trailer in use in blind landings. Washington D.C. This portable trailer where all the equipment is enclosed can be easily transported to any position on the Airdrome so that the pilot can approach the field into the wind for his landing. All the beam control is dispatched from this trailer to the instrument in the cockpit of the plane while at the same time the pilot is in contact with the airport control tower. Photo shows the plane in a test taking off over the trailer in a test at the Airdrome
Camping Trailers, National Forest Service photograph.

Camping Trailers, National Forest Service photograph.

Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History

Senator Henry M. Jackson talking with a group of people at an Airstream trailer park during his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination

Senator Henry M. Jackson talking with a group of people at an Airstrea...

Senator Henry M. Jackson talking with a group of people at an Airstream trailer park during his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, 1976..Photographer: .Conklin, Paul S...Subjects (LCSH):.Jacks... More

Koreshan Unity family camping

Koreshan Unity family camping

Local call number:KOR0066...Title: Koreshan Unity family camping...Date: circa 1920s...Physical descrip: 1 photoprint - b&w - 3 x 5 in....Series Title: Koreshan Unity Collection ( http://floridamemory.com/phot... More

Preparations to Raise a Trailer House - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Preparations to Raise a Trailer House - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Pine Ridge Agency: Miscellaneous Photographs

Interior of trailer at the auto trailer camp, Dennis Port, Massachusetts
Note on "mobile housing." Car and homemade trailer on U.S. 101 near King City. Man and wife, middle-aged, from Wisconsin to California. "Old Man Depression sent us out on the road. Been out two years. You don't know anything about how many people are living in trailers, till you 'hit' Florida"
Messrs. Kaunetz [i.e., Kaunitz] (or Kauneel [name of company]), father and son, pioneers in auto trailers using yatch construction methods. Steam-bending elm. Bay City, Michigan
Deluxe Kauneel (or Kaunetz [i.e., Kaunitz]) auto trailer. Bay City, Michigan
The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph
The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph
Scene at the auto trailer camp, Dennis Port, Massachusetts
Squatter camp. Outskirts of Bakersfield, California. Note number of auto trailers and trailer being constructed on left
Scenes at the auto trailer camp, Dennis Port, Massachusetts
Florida photographs - Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph.
Trailer camp, 6/4/37
Trailer-laboratory is latest U.S. weapon in war against syphilis. Washington, D.C. Aug. 23. Dr. L.E. Burney and Nurse Fran Miller of the new trailer-laboratory which has just been completed for the United States Public Health Service, interview a "patient" as the trailer arrives in Washington for exhibition. After a short stay here, the clinic-on-wheels , which is fully equipped in every respect, will travel to Georgia for use in a syphilis control project to be conducted there. 8/23/37
U.S. Public Health Service uses trailer clinic in war against syphilis. Washington, D.C. Aug. 23. Ready for action the new trailer-laboratory just completed for the United States Public Healthy Service arrived in the Capital today for inspection by government officials. Dr. L.E. Burney and Nurse Fran Miller, (shown in the photo) members of the Public Health Service staff, will travel with the trailer which was built for use in a syphilis project in Georgia. It is equipped with an operating table for examination of patients, a sink, sterilizer, and other equipment needed to administer to sufferers of the dread disease. 8/23/37
Florida photographs - Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph.
Scene in an auto trailer camp near Dania, Florida, where 200 cars are encamped. This is one of Florida's higher class trailer camps, the rates being $5.00 weekly including electricity
Florida photographs - Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph.
Some of the 200 trailers encamped at an auto-trailer camp near Dania, Florida. This is one of the better trailer camps in Florida, the rates being $5.00 weekly including electricity
Trailer camp, 6/4/37
Autos and trailers encamped in a tourist camp used by migrant fruit workers, near Belle Glade, Florida
Trailer camp, 6/4/37
Scene in an auto trailer camp near Dania, Florida, where 200 cars are encamped. This is one of the better trailer camps in Florida. The rates are $5.00 a week, including electricity
Florida photographs - Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph.
Trailers parked behind rooming house. Omaha, Nebraska
Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant labor camp. Two trailers, one to be used by camp manager for living quarters and office, the other as a clinic and health center. Comprise part of the mobile camp unit. This unit will follow the workers from harvest to harvest, where emergency camps will be started
The oldest girl seated in the doorway of the house trailer cares for the family. Yakima Valley, Washington
White migrant mother with daughter in door of trailer home near Weslaco, Texas
Texas photographs - Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph.
Farmers unloading tobacco from their trailers in front of warehouse on morning of auction sales. Mebane, Orange County, North Carolina
Trailer camp, McAllen, Texas
Always many more Americans on the road, housing themselves in modern or homemade trailers, contrast sharply with an old Southern home. Monticello, Florida
Oil field worker in his trailer home reading a letter. Seminole, Oklahoma
Tom Tom Herb Tonic trailertruck in transient laborer's cabin and trailer camp. Belle Glade, Florida
Nurse in FSA (Farm Security Administration) mobile camp unit conducts doctor to house trailer where there is a sick child. Merrill, Klamath County, Oregon
Child of migrant family in front of household goods of trailer home, Weslaco, Texas
Trailer camp at Port Aransas, Texas. This is a fishing and summer resort
Child of white migrant worker in front of trailer home, Weslaco, Texas
White migrant mother with daughter in door of trailer home near Weslaco, Texas
White migrant mother with children in front of trailer home, Weslaco, Texas
Trailer home and truck of white migrant family, Weslaco, Texas
Migratory packinghouse workers camp. No work, trailers for sale, near Canal Point, Florida
Trailers for sale. Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas photographs - Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph.
Always many more Americans on the road, housing themselves in modern or homemade trailers, contrast sharply with an old Southern home. Monticello, Florida
Trailer camp. McAllen, Texas
Migrant camp, Weslaco, Texas. Local employment men say that there was no need for migrant labor to handle the citrus and vegetable crops in the valley, the local supply of labor being ample for this purpose. Most of the local labor is Mexican and the labor contractors favor Mexican labor over white labor, partly because the Mexican will work much cheaper than whites. One white woman who was a permanent resident (her husband was on WPA (Works Progress Administration/Work  Projects Administration) said that the white people who lived in the valley, had no trouble with the Mexicans. The Mexicans were good neighbors, she said, always willing to share what they had. She said the white migrants who came into the valley and resented and misunderstood the Mexicans caused the trouble between the two races. Some towns in this section permit camping only in trailers. The charge for camping in tents is about fifty cents per week, including water, which in some cases must be carried four city blocks. Privies are tin, very bad condition. Garbage is collected only once a week, with large dumps of decaying fruits and vegetables scattered among the camps. Some of the white migrants in this camp were very suspicious of governmental activity, due to the use by south Texas newspapers of the term "concentration camps" referring to FSA (Farm Security Administration) camps
Tourist camp, showing many modern trailers crowded together, some of the families remaining for weeks and months. Dade City, Florida
Tom Tom Herb Tonic truck in transient labor cabin and trailer camp. Belle Glade, Florida
Articles on bureau top of trailer home of white migrant. Weslaco, Texas
The house trailer and the youngest little girl. Washington, Yakima Valley, Toppenish
Texas photographs - Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph.
Former cowboy living in trailer home in midst of migrant camp, Weslaco, Texas. He has independent income and travels around the country
The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph
Mother and child, white migrants, in trailer home near Edinburg, Texas
Mr. Bias playing the fiddle in his trailer home. He is a former cowboy who travels over the country. He has a small private income. Weslaco, Texas
Between Tulare and Fresno on U.S. 99. See general caption. Family inspect a house trailer with idea of purchase
Trailer camp. McAllen, Texas
Service station, used cars for sale. Trailers are parked very congested in section near road show and carnival. Alexandria, Louisiana
A trailer and a new house being built along the highway about a mile outside of Bath, Maine
Trailer and car belonging to Paul Knight, construction worker at Fort Benning building new barracks. He pays two dollars for trailer space (only) in W.T. Willis' backyard, is from Stone Mountain, Atlanta, Georgia. He said the bad roads were one of the worst problems around there and agreed that things generally were bad and the government had better do something about it soon
Jones Trailer Sales and Restaurant; also road construction signs in front of trailer camp on highway near Fort Benning, Georgia
Sunset Trailer Camp, San Diego, California. The majority of the workers who have come into San Diego are apparently living in trailers. The county passed stringent sanitary laws when migratory agriculture workers came into the section some years ago and these laws prevent the Hooverville type of settlement. Rent for trailer space here is ten dollars per month with electricity and sanitary facilities, including showers and toilets, furnished
Construction foreman in his trailer home. San Diego, California. He has lived in a trailer for years and says, "Heck, I wouldn't have a house."
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Bryant in their trailer about two miles out of Bath. Mr. Leslie Bryant works in the shipyard. They have been living in the trailer for two months. They could not rent in Bath and although a trailer cost them almost as much as a house, Mr. Bryant feels that it is a better investment because they do not know where they will go next in search of work when this "boom" is over. Bath, Maine
Construction worker's trailer (home-made house car). He has a job at Camp Livingston. Alexandria, Louisiana
Mr. Luigi De Angelis, who works in Belair Construction job building defense housing project. He came from Lexington, Virginia and lives alone in trailer and pays two dollars a week for space and electricity in yard of local boarding house on highway near Fort Benning, Georgia
Trailer camp where construction workers and Army men are living. Camp Livingstone, near Alexandria, Louisiana
Metal shelters, tents, trailers of construction workers and Army families.  Metal shelters rent for ten dollars a month, and trailer space is two dollars a week. Near Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia
Half a house is brought from the trailer factory in Michigan to the site at the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Fontana project in western North Carolina. A light truck is sufficient to transport the section. The section contains half a living-dining room, all of a bedroom, and most of the closet space in the house. A second section contains the
Reverend Bullard, preacher, and family with trailer home. Alexandria, Louisiana
Trailer camp for construction workers at powder plant. Millington, Tennessee
Sign of trailer camp saying "No Vacancy." San Diego, California. These signs are frequently encountered in and near San Diego
Mrs. Avery Hamblen, young wife of a shipyard worker hanging out wash in front of her trailer, where the two of them have lived for the past year. They are now looking for a house because of difficulties of living in trailer during winter months
Trailers for sale in Bath, Maine
Garbage cans at trailer camp. San Diego, California
Trailers where workers live in backyard of private home in Starke, Florida
Trailers for sale with construction worker and his wife as possible prospective buyers, along main highway from Alexandria to Camp Beauregard, Louisiana
Trailer and car occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Burton (refer to caption #42581). Bath, Maine
Working on jigs, with dormitories in the background at the FSA (Farm Security Administration) trailer camp for defense workers. The dormitories at this project will accommodate, when finished, 952 single men. Dormitory residents will pay five dollars weekly for single rooms and three dollars and fifty cents weekly for each occupant sharing a double room. San Diego, California
Trailer camp opposite United Aircraft where many Pratt and Whitney workers live with their families because of housing congestion in and near Hartford, Connecticut
The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War In...

This image is one of the images made by photographers working in Stryker's unit as it existed in a succession of government agencies: the Farm Security Administration (1937-1942). The photographs of the Farm S... More

FSA (Farm Security Administration) trailer camp for defense workers, situated a quarter mile from General Electric plant in Erie, Pennsylvania. There are 200 trailers here, occupied by childless couples and by families of one or two children
The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War In...

This image is one of the images made by photographers working in Stryker's unit as it existed in a succession of government agencies: the Farm Security Administration (1937-1942). The photographs of the Farm S... More

Defense housing, Erie, Pennsylvania. A central utility building (right) with toilets, showers, and laundry facilities is maintained for every sixty trailers on the site. Each trailer, with its 25 x 50 foot plot of ground, is assured of privacy and plenty of sun and fresh air. Each trailer is equipped with a gasoline pressure stove, ice-box, davenport beds and gate leg tables. Each can accommodate up to four people
Wife of defense worker setting table for dinner in trailer home. Trailer camp at Erie, Pennsylvania
Reading the newspaper outside his trailer home. Sarasota trailer park, Sarasota, Florida
General Electric worker from Alabama at dinner with family in trailer home. FSA (Farm Security Administration) camp, Erie, Pennsylvania
Sweeping up in front of trailer home. Sarasota trailer park, Sarasota, Florida
Sons of defense contruction workers living in trailer camp. Ocean View, outskirts of Norfolk, Virginia
Trailer home near Ford bomber plant. Ypsilanti, Michigan
Guest at Sarasota trailer park, Sarasota, Florida, washing his car
Facilities at trailer camp for construction workers. Ocean View, outskirts of Norfolk, Virginia
Children and their mother outside their trailer home. Sarasota trailer park, Sarasota, Florida
A used car lot adjacent to a trailer settlement of workers from Fort Bragg. Near Fayetteville, North Carolina
Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives
Trailer camp where many defense workers live opposite Pratt and Whitney aircraft plant, East Hartford, Connecticut
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