Scarce trade catalogue or sales promotion for an unusual early variant on a camper. Oblong, 19 by 27 cm. 31 pp., plus wraps with front flap doors simulating garage doors, and separate related sales material -- a Price List, envelope for such, signed cover letter, and original outer envelope. Within, two color plates, including the title page, showing the "camper" touring home, and many b/w photographs scattered through the text of the vehicle, its parts and accessories, and of its use. Notwithstanding the subtitle indicating the manufacturer started business in 1868, its actual roots date back further, to 1837, when under the name of Wayne Agricultural Works it produced farm implements. By the end of the nineteenth century it had diversified into horse-drawn carriages and what were called "kid-hacks", the precursor of the modern school bus. For a few years during the teens the company made automobiles, but for much of the twentieth century it was known primarily as a major manufacturer of buses. In 1956 it merged with Divco Corporation of Detroit and became Divco-Wayne, and over the next several decades what had been Wayne passed to several other conglomerate owners until it was finally shuttered in 1992. In this, a product that was essentially an adaptation of the automobile and bus, the company likens it to a personal "Pullman", and as the title implies, it associates the vehicle to health through the invigoration of travel and the outdoor life. Less amorphous, perhaps, is its claims of offering greater independence -- "You can go when you want to where you like, stop when and where you please, stay as long as you want and leave when you're ready." In other words, the appeal of the automobile over other forms of transportation. The vehicle visually would be most akin to a van, with a tent attachment to the back. As with campers and trailers, it came with all sorts of nifty gadgets which were stored in compact and ingenious ways. But it didn't come cheap, starting at $795 in 1924 dollars, when average annual income was barely more than $2,000. Two spots on front cover where the door flaps were once sealed -- these glue spots are probably inherent to the booklet. Light wear besides -- a trivial closed tear on back cover, light soiling here and there, etc. Other items with similar trivial issues. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Opens the Doors of the World: The Wayne ...
Book Condition: Very Good
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