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Vintage Photography Redefined

admin On June - 17 - 2009

Since the inception of automobiles manufacturers and customers have pushed the boundaries of what these machines can do. The images in this post show one of these applications; documenting that even in the early days of automobiles people were trying to expand its uses to include outdoor recreation. As people used vehicles to make nature more accessible and comfortable it continually pushed manufacturers to produce products to meet this market. Eventually leading to the RV’s that we see today, usually packed to the brim with assorted family members on summer vacation. As a child in the late 80’s my families camping equipment had that vintage feel, our camper was decked out in brown and orange flowers leaving any visitor to feel like they had just steeped into a time warp to the 1970’s. Me in the full swing of late 80’s fashion with my florescent pink shirts and matching headbands just didn’t quite fit in. I always felt our camp trailer was a time capsule, archaic and outdated. Looking at these images though it seems like that’s maybe the way mobile homes should be, not filled with the latest and most advanced technology, but reeking of the history that lead to the creation of these vehicles.
1910 1915 dupont front tent Recreational Vehicles: Photographs from 1910 1960stranportation
Between 1910 and 1915. Dupont’s camping auto. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Glass negatives. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington. Call Number: LC-B2- 2261-11 Persistent URL:
1910 1915 dupont back tent Recreational Vehicles: Photographs from 1910 1960stranportation
1910 1915 dupont back Recreational Vehicles: Photographs from 1910 1960stranportation1910 1915 dupont front Recreational Vehicles: Photographs from 1910 1960stranportation1923.touristcar Recreational Vehicles: Photographs from 1910 1960stranportation
1923. Yellowstone National Park. Tourist car (early recreation vehicle) Catalog Number: HPC-000587. Credit: National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection1925 recreational vehicle.jpg
1925. Mr. And Mrs. Kinnear with Mobile (early recreation vehicle). Yellowstone National Park. Catalog Number: HPC-000588. National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection.
1933. trailer.jpg
7/12/1933. California visitors with their car and trailer by a snow bank on the west side of summit, Logan Pass Highway. Early example of mobile camp vehicle. Glacier National Park. Photographed by Grant, George A. credit: National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection.1956 trailerite.jpg
1956. This wandering trailerite combines quiet recreation and comfortable camping in Doughton Park Campground in the NC section of the parkway. Blue Ridge Parkway. Photographed by Anderson, Ralph H. Credit: National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection.1962 trailer at Pine Point
08/1962 Photograph of the Trailer at Pine Point Picnic Area, ARC Identifier 2132002 / Local Identifier 502846. Item from Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1870 – 2000. NARA’s Great Lakes Region (Chicago) (NRDA),

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One Response

  1. rjtwoforone says:

    Loved the photos. My RV is slightly more modern and hopefully more comfortable. Keep ’em coming.

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