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Fetching water, Ryder Mobile Home Park, Connecticut, 1939

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Fetching water, Ryder Mobile Home Park, Connecticut, 1939
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This object appears in the following sections:


Family Camping: York Beach, Maine, 1930s
Family Camping: York Beach, Maine, 1930s — The Trailer “Problem”

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Residents Ryder Mobile Home Park, fetching water
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection

At the Ryder Mobile Home Park, in Connecticut, early facilities were primitive. Residents whose trailers lacked toilets used chamber pots or an outdoor privy, and there were limited showering facilities. "Trailerites" had to go to an outdoor tap to get water.

Physical Description
original photograph
Details
Date Made:
1939
Locations:
Connecticut
History
As trailers began to travel the nation's highways, some people began to live year round in their mobile homes. In the early 1930s, the Ryder Mobile Home Park opened just outside Milford, Connecticut, and catered to long term, year round, residents.

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