Car Camping 1920s Style

“Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1920. “Family in auto tourist camp.” A novelty that would evolve into tourist cabins of the 1920s and ’30s, the motor courts of the ’40s and ’50s and culminate in the motor hotel, or ‘motel.'”

From Shorpy

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

6 Responses to Car Camping 1920s Style

  1. Anonymous says:

    Amazing picture. It appears there is a light bulb on a cord hanging from the stick in the middle of the photo and it is plugged into the top of the vehicle. I thought I was being so creative plugging patio lanterns into my Westfalia, guess not!

  2. That is proto-westphalia. As a side note, those people look oddly familiar…

  3. aviation pioneer Glen Curtis built the first 5th wheel – the Aerocar – for camping around 1929 http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/c/curtiss/curtiss2.htm

  4. Anonymous says:

    license plate says TEX. They motored a long way to DC.

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