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

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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