In 1916, a midwestern farm couple placed a wood and canvas sleeping compartment on top of an automobile chassis and toured the Rockies, carrying along hens for a supply of eggs In 1940, a streamlined Cherokee red house car owned by a well known wax manufacturer was featured at the New York World s Fair In 1964, Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters inaugurated the hippie movement in a psychedelic bus named Furthur In 1992, Winnebago Industries rolled out its two hundred and fifty thousandth motor home, confirming that houses on wheels had evolved far beyond the fads and experiments of earlier decades Throughout the twentieth century, motor homes embodied not only Americans ingenuity, individualism, and self reliance, but also their quest to merge the comforts of home and the freedom of the open road Chronicling than fifty years of individual and industrial tinkering, Roger B White shows how the technological innovations and cultural ideas of each era influenced motor home design and popular use Drawing on contemporary descriptions and interviews with motorists and manufacturers, he documents the wooden house cars of the late 1910s and early 1920s, the streamlined metal vehicles of the late 1940s, and a variety of converted trailers and vans that emerged from the booming vacation market of the 1950s and 1960s The combination of wanderlust and family togetherness symbolized by the house on wheels has continued to exert profound appeal Tracing the motor home s development from home made conversions to mass produced recreation vehicles, Home on the Road takes a lively look at this little known aspect of America s love affair with the automobile....
|Title||:||Home on the Road: The Motor Home in America|
|Publisher||:||Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press January 17, 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||220 pages|
|File Size||:||683 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Home on the Road: The Motor Home in America Reviews
I didn't have a chance to look it over before I purchased this book. Had I, I probably wouldn't have bought this book.
Roger White's book gives readers a fascinating view of the range of types, uses, and meanings of motor homes in America. He has done the historical pick and shovel work to uncover the details that make this story come alive in the experiences of real people. Perhaps the best testimony I can offer is to state that when preparing a university course on the automobile in American life, I turned to this book for its revealing vignettes of Americans who chose to take their "home on the road." It has found a place on my list of optional readings for that course and should be read by anyone interested in America's cultures of mobility, inventiveness, or leisure.
In this meticulously researached volume, Roger B. White introduces us to the many types of mobile travel vehicles which evolved during the 20th century. It is a masteful piece of scholarship. But this research is expressed in a highly readable text which makes the content easily accessible to the reader unfmailiar with this subject matter. Although I wished that there had been more illlustrations in the book, the ones the author has chosen to include, mostly unseen by the public, succicntly depict the various types of "homes on the road" he is discussing. Nobody interested in the ehtos of the roadside as it evolved in the 20th cnetury should miss reading and owning this terrific volume.