Tag Archives: vardo

Awesome House-Car of the 1920s

Found on the Vintage Everyday blog.  It is thought to be from circa 1926 and is a real beauty.  It has some nice details as well.  The sign on the roof, lightning rods, and even a little chimney.  A great … Continue reading

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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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