Tag Archives: vardo

Caravans for Christ

It seems only natural that evangelical ministers would take to the caravan as a way to bring the Gospel to the people.  Christianity is a missionary religion after all.  The caravan served as a sort of home base for missionaries … Continue reading

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Lightweight Touring Caravan Design from the 19th Century

Here’s a great design from the late nineteenth century.  I could not find an associated photo for the finished caravan but there are a couple of innovations I will want to include in the future.  I believe this wagon was … Continue reading

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Caravan Design: The Open-Lot

An ongoing series of caravan designs to aide the modern builder.  A little history goes a long way to solve our design problems.  The Open Lot is about the simplest of the true living wagons (properly “waggons”) of the 19th … Continue reading

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Marketing to the Caravan Craze: Caravan Case and Contour Books

 Presenting the traveling requisites; a caravan case and road-grade book. Advertisement for a lightweight but implicitly tough (it is sole leather after all) suitcase or light trunk for the traveler.   Road grade books were very handy in the days … Continue reading

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The Tiny House Movement

Here’s a recent conversation, as best I can recall, of disappointment and maybe using the wrong words. A woman in a parking lot jogs up to the vardo while I’m making a sandwich shouting, “Oh my gosh!  That’s so cool!  … Continue reading

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Primus Stove Accessories

 “Do you ever Hunt? Fish? Paddle a Canoe? Explore? Prospect? Climb Hills or Sail on a Yacht?”  Such was the opening line on an 1899 advertisement for Primus stoves.  That covers just about anybody of worth that I know.  Of … Continue reading

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Liquid Fuel Stoves and the Caravan Camper

A look at the origins and evolution of our favorite stove… This post was going to be a few words about the Primus stoves we all love and some images I’ve collected from around the web.  As usual, I found … Continue reading

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A Boy and His Dog

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Caravans in the Art World

I have started a separate Blog Page to house the caravan, vardo, Rom, Gypsy, Traveller, and nomad art from my collections.  Any contribution links are welcome as are comments. We all had to start somewhere.

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Early Worker Vans; Predecessor to the Caravan

Early work vans were designed to house manual laborers when on the job.  Great for highway and railroad crews.  These caravans were noted for poor ventilation and their spartan interior.  Three to six workmen were often housed in these wagons. … Continue reading

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