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Streamliner: 1936

Streamliner: 1936

May 1936. "Messrs. Kaunitz, father and son, pioneers in auto trailers using yacht construction methods, steam-bending elm. Bay City, Michigan." And one of their swoopy-looking Kauneel trailers. FSA photo by Taylor. View full size.

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Good Looking

Need to add this to the group of good looking guys ;)

Not very water-resistant

The windows and doors in this trailer don't look like they were made to keep water out. That would have resulted in a short lifetime for the underlying wood. Perhaps that's why these trailers are no longer seen.

I grew up in this town

And still live nearby. Looks like this may have been taken from the west side of Saginaw River (which splits the town) and the bridge in the back is either the railroad bridge or the old 3rd Street bridge which fell into the river in 1976. Oddly enough, I'd never heard of this company. My father was about 12 at the time.

Very nice

I would give anything to see the inside of this!!!!


This was obviously designed to be pulled around by a Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion.

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