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Wheel Estate: The Rise and Decline of Mobile Homes by Allan D. Wallis (1997, Paperback, Reprint) : Allan D. Wallis (Paperback, 1997)

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In Wheel Estate , Allan Wallis offers a lively and informative history of the mobile home in the United States over six decades. His colorful account, extensively illustrated with period photographs and vivid portraits of the people who live in mobile homes and the industry pioneers who designed and built them, will inform and amuse anyone curious about this American phenomenon. Beginning with the travel trailers of the late 1920s and 1930s -- with models that were built like yachts or unfolded like Polaroid cameras -- Wallis moves through the World War II era, when the industry mushroomed as trailers became homes for thousands of defense workers, to the post war era, when trailers became year-round housing. The industry responded with new models -- now called mobile homes -- that tried to strike a balance between house and vehicle, even as owners built their own often fanciful additions (including one mobile home complete with Egyptian pylons). Carrying the story up to the present, Wallis links the need for mobile homes to continuing housing crises. He traces regulations and reforms aimed at "linear living," arguing in the end that manufactured housing remains distinctively American and embodies fundamental national ideas of home and community.

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ISBN-100801856418
ISBN-139780801856419

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AuthorAllan D. Wallis
Number Of Pages296 pages
FormatPaperback
Publication Date1997-05-12
LanguageEnglish
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press

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IllustratedYes

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Weight15.2 Oz
Height1.9 In.
Width6.1 In.
Length9.2 In.

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GroupScholarly & Professional
Grade FromCollege Graduate Student

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LCCN96-053492
LC Classification NumberHD7289.62.U6W35 1997
Dewey Decimal338.4/7690879/0973
Dewey Edition20

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"A significant book." -- Boston Globe

"A sober yet entertaining account -- packed with information -- of a singularly American invention. The book is at its liveliest when discussing the first half of the 20th century, when the form was first being played with and celebrated."-- Washington Times

"This pioneering study succeeds admirably... Wallis's work is solidly researched, well written, extensively illustrated, and a true contribution to both American vehicular and housing history."-- Technology and Culture

A significant book.


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