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Silver Palaces: America's Streamlined Trailers

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Vintage and modern-day photographs and advertisements add depth to Silver Palaces: America's Streamlined Trailers, a must-have book for this fall. It is historically significant for those who suffer from wanderlust, some fulfilled by owning and traveling with a silver palace, or perhaps owning an older model that's been rebuilt and refurbished.

With a simple, historical beginning, the streamlined trailer got its start. There were challenges in making mobile spaces for living-could anyone make a self-contained streamlined trailer complete with full hookups? After World War II, housecars and motorhomes were seen everywhere-a result of aluminum becoming available for trailers. Once these silver palaces were on the road, RVs and travel associations became popular . . . and well, the end of the highway was never in sight.

Doug Keister has photographed fourteen award-winning, critically acclaimed books. His credits with Gibbs Smith, Publisher, include Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography and Classic Cottages: Simple, Romantic Homes as well as Fernando's Gift (El Regalo de Fernando), a Sierra Club Book for Children. Doug lives in Chico, California.

Book News Annotation:

Now, this is life on the open road, if one's open road requires a stainless steel refrigerator. Distinguished photographer Keister shows us the upscale side of the travel trailer lifestyle in his shots of these lovingly restored examples from the 1930s onward, complete with their white picket fences and pink flamingos precisely placed around the campsite. He begins with a forward by Arroll Gellner on the Streamline Moderne design movement, which for some reason included toasters, and moves on to these alcazars on wheels, often in the company of the vintage cars that tow them. He also includes ads for such as the Jungle Yacht, a pairing of a 1938 pickup and trailer under a single nightmarish stretch of metal. The interiors are particularly interesting, including a bathtub fitted under a dinette bench, a clever setup whereby one could drive with one hand and wash the breakfast dishes with the other, and an entire museum.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

$24.95 U.S. 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 greetingcards 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.

Synopsis:

Vintage and modern-day photographs and advertisements add depth to Silver Palaces: America's Streamlined Trailers, a must-have book for this fall. It is historically significant for those who suffer from wanderlust, some fulfilled by owning and traveling with a silver palace, or perhaps owning an older model that's been rebuilt and refurbished.

Synopsis:

Readers can 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. 1-58685-352-X$24.95 / Gibbs-Smith

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586853525
Author:
Keister, Douglas
Publisher:
Gibbs Smith Publishers
Location:
Layton, Utah
Subject:
Automotive - Antique & Classic
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Automotive - Miscellaneous Vehicles
Subject:
Antique and classic cars
Subject:
Travel trailers
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Travel trailers - United States -
Subject:
Automotive - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
18445
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
159
Dimensions:
1000x900

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Product details 159 pages Gibbs Smith Publishers - English 9781586853525 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , $24.95 U.S. 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 greetingcards 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.
"Synopsis" by , Vintage and modern-day photographs and advertisements add depth to Silver Palaces: America's Streamlined Trailers, a must-have book for this fall. It is historically significant for those who suffer from wanderlust, some fulfilled by owning and traveling with a silver palace, or perhaps owning an older model that's been rebuilt and refurbished.
"Synopsis" by , Readers can 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. 1-58685-352-X$24.95 / Gibbs-Smith

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