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Silver Palaces Paperback – August 18, 2004
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Travel back in time and experience America's silver masters of the road with vintage trailer expert Douglas Keister as he explains the simple, historical beginning of the streamlined trailer, its evolution, and the state of vintage trailer collection and restoration today.
The genesis of the streamlined aluminum trailer lies with William Hawley Bowlus, inventor of the Bowlus Road Chief trailer in 1934. From there, it was a matter of sell-outs, buy-outs, folding in, and adapting features from one company to another. But while Bowlus may have invented the streamlined aluminum trailer, it was Wally Byam's Airstream that has become almost generic for a streamline trailer, just as Scotch for adhesive tape, Kleenex for facial tissues, and Windex for window cleaner.
If Airstream is the queen of travel trailers, then the Silver Streak is a sister, Spartan and Boles Aero were its cousins, and the Hunt and Thompson housecars were the mansions of the road. Photographs of all these and more-plus the vintage automobiles that pull them around the country today-will delight and entertain you.
Find out how the many challenges in making mobile spaces for living were addressed, how World War II affected trailer production and evolution, and how the RV and travel associations that sprang up around the country influenced the growth of this incredibly American obsession!
Includes a foreword on "Streamlining" by Arrol Gellner, syndicated columnist of Architext.
Douglas Keister has photographed twenty-two critically acclaimed books. He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, posters and greeting cards worldwide. His most recent books include Classic Cottages, coauthored with Brian Coleman, and Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography. Others of his books include Ready to Roll, Red Tile Style, the Bungalow, and Victorian Glory. He lives in Chico, California, with his wife, Sandy Schweitzer.
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This book provided lots of beautiful photography and historical information. Don't get me wrong, we did end up enjoying it quite a bit, but not for the reasons I had initially hoped.
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It's a great book with beautiful pictures. Anyone interested in restoring old campers will appreciate this bookPublished 9 months ago by airyrae
Really liked the variety of trailer types and ideas for the future.Published 11 months ago by Dave Smith
We are new Airstream owners and love, love, love the adventurous lifestyle...this is a good book about the history, there are others but a guy who had one of the 1957 original... Read morePublished 22 months ago by robertspohr
Having receintly purchased a vintage 1955 trailer, I was looking for ideas on decorating. This book provides that as well as a wealth of information and history of early trailers... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mark Lomicka
Great book for the vintage trailer enthusiast. I wish there was more info on the Avion and Spartans but you can't include everything I guessPublished on April 15, 2014 by VintageDiva
I keep the book out where everyone sees it and it seems rather interesting to most......quite a conversation starter. Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by Delmont Day