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Trailer Life: 1941

Trailer Life: 1941

January 1941. "High class trailer camp at Sarasota, Florida. Sweeping up in front of trailer home." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.


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High class clean sweep

I love the trailer. I love the wooden-surfaced sitting area and the awning. But I especially love this woman, dressed in a stylish coverall, sweeping away grass clippings while wearing high heels. High class, indeed!

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It's a "high class" camp because it sweeps away the trailer trash.


This could easily be now. Some things don't change. The “camping trailers” are more modern with more conveniences but people are still loading up their camping trailers and going down to campgrounds and State Parks in GA and FL for vacations. I have been going down to a campground in at a State Park in South GA for the past several years and spending time with my brother who pulls his boat and camper down to the park and goes fishing.

Trailer park

Before my parents checked into an old folks’ home on the west coast of Canada on their way to the Final Beyond, they lived for a few years in a comfortable trailer in a park with other retirees. At first, I made the same type of condescending remarks about trailer parks as many others might make, but it turned out to be a wonderful community of active, engaged people who thought nothing of helping neighbors, especially older ones like my folks. It was really an excellent place for them to live, far preferable to an apartment or house, and less socially lonely. And like the gal in this photo, the residents kept their grounds clean and welcoming.

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