It wasn’t all about fashion last week in Washington. I managed to work in a travel exhibition as well. America on the Move is a survey of Americans going places. It is part of the ongoing remodeling of the museum, and is a walk through various scenes that show how travel has changed over the years. To give you an idea of the size of the museum, included is an exhibit with an actual Southern Railway locomotive.
Above is a 1903 Winston, which was the first car to cross the United States. Driven by Nelson Jackson and Sewall Crocker, they drove from California to New York, picking up Bud the bulldog in Idaho. In many places there were no roads at all, and they had to have equipment to remove them from gullies and such. The trip was completed in 63 days.
In this scene, a girl is standing on the porch of a tourist cabin, part of Ring’s Rest, a small motor court in Maryland. Built in 1930, the court remained open until the 1960s. The Ringe family, which owned the motor court donated the building and Cabins sign along with many photographs that document the business.
Look how tiny! I’ve been in a few of these older cabins where there is room for only a bed, a small table and a chair or two.
Ring’s Rest, 1940s
The trailer is a 1934 Trav-L-Coach which was owned by the Eben Cate family of New Hampshire. The scene is of their camping spot at Decatur Motor Camp in York, Maine. While Father Cate sits, sleeping beneath his paper, Mother and Daughter are conducting business as usual in the trailer kitchen.
The test notes pointed out that the trailer was already damaged where the cut-away section is. This little taste of vintage trailers made me more than ever want to visit the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana.
Station wagons were the mom vans and SUVs of the 1950s. How would you like to load the back of this 1955 Ford Country Squire with a picnic basket full of great food, a Scotch Kooler, and a red plaid Pendleton blanket?