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June 16, 2021

Mobile Homes: The Hot Housing Trend of the 1950s and ’60s

A mobile home (also known as a park home, trailer, trailer home, house trailer, static caravan, RV, residential caravan, motorhome or simply caravan) is a prefabricated structure, built in a factory on a permanently attached chassis before being transported to site (either by being towed or on a trailer).

In the United States, this form of housing goes back to the early years of cars and motorized highway travel. It was derived from the travel trailer, a small unit with wheels attached permanently, often used for camping or extended travel.

However, in the 1950s, the homes began to be marketed primarily as an inexpensive form of housing designed to be set up and left in a location for long periods of time or even permanently installed with a masonry foundation. Previously, units had been eight feet or less in width, but in 1956, the 10-foot (3 m) wide home (“ten-wide”) was introduced, along with the new term “mobile home”. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the homes were made even longer and wider, making the mobility of the units more difficult.

Here below is a set of amazing photos that shows people with their mobile homes in the 1950s and 1960s.


  1. There is a significant difference between a mobile home and a camper/caravan. One is intended for permanent residence in a single location, the other is intended for temporary recreational use and travel.
    How any adult can be so clueless as to confuse the two is beyond me. But I suppose that in socialist countries anything with a roof is considered a palace whether it has wheels under it or not.

  2. Sweetie, what happened to you? Who hurt you? Every post I see with comments from you, you are so so negative. You are either very unhappy or a giant troll.

    If not a troll, create your own historical photo website! I'm certain it will be perfect in every way.

  3. Look at the idiots name and you will understand it’s problem. Trying to live up to its so call education. Polytechnic my but ! Go back down to your parents basement.




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