In the 1920s and 1930s, housing and land was expense and out of reach of most working folks. Prior to the modern loan system, real estate was bought with all or most of the capital up-front. Lower expectations about utilities and amenities made shanty boat living an inviting prospect, especially in river towns with decent weather much of the year. All that was needed was a secure and safe place to moor your boat.
“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden.
Heavy words when you think about them.
I like nice stuff. I buy good clothes, decent shoes, and drive a new(ish) vehicle. We all like new, nifty, better, and clever things. The problem is that we are trained from a young age to grab the newest gizmo and gimmick presented to us. We are programmed to stockpile and hoard. Advertisers know this. Bankers know this. We spend what we earn, and then a little more.
When we pick up an object, we don’t always think of how this thing will add value to our life; or whose life was devalued to make it and bring it to us.
More stuff is not the path to happiness…
Here is a wonderful tiny home with Clark Gable and Joan Crawford eyeing each other up on the front porch. It appears to be strapped to a regular flatbed trailer, presumably for delivery to its final destination. There is nothing new under the sun.
Found here but the site is sadly defunct now: http://wintechmodularbuildings.co.uk/
A beautiful stone cabin essentially based on Henry David Thoreau’s retreat. As seen on Tiny House Swoon. Check out more of this great blog HERE.