Mobile Homes of the Past is a little info-graphic I put together that highlights some styles of each era and lists quotes about the homes. I love to read about the history of mobile homes and I have much respect for the people that fought for the homes, such as Elmer Frey, president of Marshfield Homes and the man behind the first Ten-Wide mobile home. At that time, you couldn’t have a 10 foot wide home on the highway, but he fought to get them legal. The extra 2 feet made all the difference in the world, too! It allowed just enough room for a hallway so you didn’t have to walk through one room to get to the other. That was the beginning of the homes as we know them today.
Some of my favorite quotes is shared on this info-graphic. Believe it or not, there were just as many proponents for mobile home as there were opponents. Many people could see the advantages of the homes on wheels and would advocate on their behalf.
Several associations like the Tin Can Tourists began in 1919. Their objective was “to unite fraternally all autocampers,” as a way for trailer owners to meet other owners and pull resources to advocate the mobile homes. The TCT website states that their guiding principles were clean camps, friendliness among campers, decent behavior and to secure plenty of clean, wholesome entertainment for those in camp. The Tin Can Tourists have a rich history that you will certainly enjoy reading about here.
Mobile homes of the past were constantly evolving. New technologies and inventions helped shape the homes into what they are today. Through 3 name changes trailer to mobile homes, and finally to manufactured homes – the major goal was to offer a home that could be transported and offered all the conveniences of a stick-built home. They were also always built in a factory like setting.
I hope you enjoy Mobile Homes of the Past!