Lippman Kamprite Trailer

St. Louis, MO: Lippman Kamprite Trailer Company, Circa 1922. Vintage oversize double-weight composite retail display photograph of eighteen images of the Lippman Kamprite Trailer, circa 1922.

The Lippman Kamprite Trailer, which began production in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1921, was one of the earliest self-contained travel trailers. Advertised as "A real camp home in three minutes," the trailer boasted beds for four, a 4 x 7 foot floor mat between beds, a privacy partition, hammocks for clothes, a tail lamp and batteries. The composite photograph presented here, displays the assembly and functionality of the trailer in eighteen charming images, and was almost certainly used as a promotional retail display.

As production-line manufacturing of affordable automobiles began in the early twentieth century and car ownership boomed, the production of auto trailers, and goods and amenities for auto touring followed close behind. A number of creative and unusual apparatuses marketed for auto touring appeared in the 1910s including bed kits for car interiors, bed and tent kits which mount to the running board and about the car, as well as a variety of innovatively designed early auto trailers. The following decade, the 1920s, would be a golden age for motor camping, with the refinement of the design of tent trailers and the advent of travel trailers.

13.5 x 19.5 inches. Very Good plus, with a small closed tear to the top margin, two modest chips to the bottom margin, and a modest chip to the bottom right corner repaired with cello tape on the verso. Clean, sharp, and unfaded.


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