A few more Vardos (sort of) from Around the Web

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I’m always keeping an eye out on the web for interesting living vehicles, rolling homes, and related Traveller – Modern Nomad stuff.  The right key words and a little luck on historic image sites land a lot of photos, but often with little real information about the vehicle in question.  As I was rummaging through my old image files over the weekend I decided to start throwing some of the images up here; for inspiration and ideas if nothing else.  Where possible, I’ve linked to the source where I found it.

carnieconversion

This is an interesting conversion for a Carnival or Circus worker. Wood burning stove, mollycroft, and transom windows. I like it.

earlycaravan

I’ve posted this innovative little beast on Facebook.

I like this early fifth-wheel design for several reasons, not the least of which is the hitch.  This is the earliest image I have of a “slide-out” expandable space.  I suspect they actually fold up but they already deal with increasing space while keeping the traveling width narrow.  The final feature is the dogtrot effect created by the opposing doors.  I think this caravan was built with summer travel in mind.

coffee

Recycled “canned-ham” caravan.

Interesting propulsion.  Looks like post-apocalyptic servitude?

Interesting propulsion. Looks like post-apocalyptic servitude?

Atkisson's Wagon.

Atkisson’s Wagon.

The above wagon aesthetic has a Persian feel to the decorations.  From the pillows right down to the slippers.  Click the photo for an article about this wagon.

Found over at the Voice of the Monkey.

Found over at the Voice of the Monkey.  An eclectic image blog.

Okay, I just posted this cool little goat wagon as I would have loved this as a kid.  Who wouldn’t?  There is a clear attention to detail on this one down to the wheel spokes and fine paint work.  Apparently there is some tie to Kansas City.   Maybe a carriage maker’s model?

And finally, the best part of all… exploring a 1914 Dunton Waggon, Part 1 with historian John Pokkett.  You can find the next parts on Youtube if they don’t auto-follow.

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee fiddler...mostly
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3 Responses to A few more Vardos (sort of) from Around the Web

  1. Bob McKeand says:

    Back at you:
    http://gypsywaggons.co.uk/
    http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/vardo,wagon/Interesting

    http://www.enslin.com/rae/gypsy/wagon.htm Go to the links page,
    there is a nice blurb about Paleotool’s vardo.

    Enjoy, Bob

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