Living in a Trailer, by James Jones – July 1952

From Holiday Magazine, a perspective of trailer life in 1952 by the author of “From Here to Eternity” and “Thin Red Line.” An excerpt:

I didn’t mean to give the impression that there were only two types of people in trailers. Actually, almost every type of person lives in trailers nowadays. Ten years ago it was assumed that only unshaven fishermen and other failures lived in trailers. Some aspects of this attitude still hang over. For instance, you still don’t find many white-collar people in trailers, but they are getting to be more numerous lately since trailering has begun to be more respectable. When I lived in Tucson I knew a high-school teacher who lived in a trailer. He wasn’t exactly a typical high-school teacher, but he was a high-school teacher.

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4 thoughts on “Living in a Trailer, by James Jones – July 1952

  1. I don’t know whether the expression has reached Colorado yet, but for some years I’ve seen trailer parks called “Manufactured Housing Communities” in the Atlantic states.

    Some relatives retired in their 50s, with the notion that they would take their RV all over the country. They did for several years pack up and leave the northwest for Arizona as soon as Christmas was past. On an early trip an old timer told them of a book called The Next Exit, which initially troubled them, for they thought they were a bit young to be pondering their mortality. In fact, it’s a nationwide guide to RV accommodations, shopping, etc.

  2. Thanks George. I’ve seen these large communities in AZ where the snowbirds spend the winter in there RV’s, trailers, and manufactured houses. I’ve never been attracted to that kind of life, for fear I might like it.

  3. About 20 years ago we went to a wedding in Yuma. I was impressed by the big RV lots outside of town, and the Canadian flag flying in front of one; the groom said that snowbirds would call up the local TV station and demand more hockey games. In a cafe there I saw a sticker reading “You Know It’s Fall in Yuma When the License Plates Change Color.”

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