Teardrops and Tiny Trailers

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  • Call me sentimental, but I have been drooling over vintage Teardrop campers for years now....and having finally purchased my dream 1974 Citroen DS last year, I’m saving up for a Teardrop to go with it. I’ll be lucky to find one in pristine condition like this 1937 Gypsy Caravan Company original but my eyes are peeled and fingers crossed.

    For those of you who haven’t seen them before, the Teardrop is the quirky hand made little brother of the flash Airstream trailer. First made in the U.S. in the 1930's, their popularity soared after World War II when family vacationing, with dads and husbands freshly back from the war, was all the rage.

    The do-it-yourself kit Teardrop was easily achievable and affordable using salvaged backyard materials, and this added to its popularity. The "Popular Mechanics" and “Popular Homecraft” magazines published teardrop trailer plans enabling DIY enthusiasts on masse to have a go, and some of the most exciting mint condition vintage models still seen today were made in this way.  

    The Teardrop camper's popularity started to dwindle after the 1950's as people started wanting campers that were "bigger and better,"  ....silly silly......and by the mid-1970's, there were very few manufacturers of teardrop trailers left.

    Check out some of the 50’s interiors in these Teardrops. Sigh.

    A vintage Teardrop is at the very top of my wishlist. Otherwise maybe we’ll have to have a go at making our own special Bird Teardrop. Watch this space. :)

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    References: Teardrops and Tiny Trailers - D Heister published by Gibbs Smith