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Stunning black and white photographs show America’s ‘tin can tourists’ after Florida’s new roads paved the way for the humble camping holiday July 8, 2012

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Late-night cook offs, snug kitchens and the  wide open road – just some of the simple joys of the humble camping  holiday.

These black-and-white photographs show the  early days of ‘tin can tourism’ in the 1920s – when Americans first piled their  swimsuits and kitchenware into newly-modified vehicles for camping holidays in  the South.

The vacations were made possible by the  newly-lain roads in Florida, which allowed mobile northerners to venture south  and explore the state’s communities away from the more developed cities on the  east and west coasts.

Welcome: Black and white images show the expanding practice of tin can tourism in the 1920s, after the improvement of roads throughout FloridaWelcome: Black and white images show the expanding  practice of tin can tourism in the 1920s, after the improvement of roads  throughout Florida

 

Settling in: Three thousands campers set up tents in Arcadia, Florida in 1929. The tin can tourists of the 1920s pioneered camper travelSettling in: Three thousands campers set up tents in  Arcadia, Florida in 1929. The tin can tourists of the 1920s pioneered camper  travel

Families rattled down the Dixie  Highway from Montreal to Miami – which was completed in 1915 – to visit the  state, shifting its small towns. Trailer parks, roadside attractions and  amusements began cropping up throughout the state to manage the mixture of  campers.

The tin can tourists of the 1920s pioneered  camper travel, and the type of vacation gained popularity following World War  II. While the origin of the term ‘tin  can’ is not known, some believe it is a reference to the travellers’ use of  canned foods.

Although the travellers were at first  considered loud and unruly, they were soon embraced by residents, who realised  the economic benefits of tourism. The influx also spurred construction of better  roads.

There was a stark variety between the luxury  of the vehicles used for travel through Florida, but many of the modified  vehicles often had large metal barrels for carrying water  attached on the  outside of the cars. As the practice continued, trailers became more  sophisticated and comfortable.

Luxurious: Tourists from Vermont sit in a house car in Arcadia in 1929. The new roads allowed newly-mobile northerners to explore the communities in the SouthLuxurious: Tourists from Vermont sit in a house car in  Arcadia in 1929. The new roads allowed newly-mobile northerners to explore the  communities in the South

 

South for the winter: Tourists perch in a tents at De Soto Park on Christmas Day, 2010South for the winter: Tourists perch in a tents at De  Soto Park on Christmas Day, 2010

 

Cook off: Men cook a barbecue at a Tin Can Tourists convention in Arcadia in the 1920s. After the influx of visitors, new attractions began popping up throughout the state
Al and Roey Stickles sit down to have a meal - Everglades National Park, Florida, 1946

Sense of community: Men cook a barbecue at a Tin Can  Tourists convention in Arcadia in the 1920s. After the influx of visitors, new  attractions began popping up throughout the state.  Al and Roey Stickles  sit down to have a meal in their trailer at Everglades National Park in  1946

 

Strict rules: By the middle of the century, parks for a variety of types and sizes of trailers opened. Here, Boyds Modern Tourist Cottages in Pensacola in 1941Strict rules: By the middle of the century, parks for a  variety of types and sizes of trailers opened. Here, Boyds Modern Tourist  Cottages in Pensacola in 1941

 

More modern times: A young woman prepares a meal at a camping convention in Gainesville, Florida in 1962

More modern times: A young woman prepares a meal at a  camping convention in Gainesville, Florida in 1962

By the 1950s,  state and national parks could  accommodate different types and sizes of camping vehicles, while others offered  swimming pools and game areas.

The images come from a collection at  the State Archives of  Florida which document the activities  of the Tin Can Tourists association from 1920 to 1982.

 

Tourist attraction

Tourist attraction: Although Florida residents initially  branded visitors as rowdy, they soon realised the benefits of the increased  tourism and began opening businesses and adding leisure facilities to parks.  Here, residents sit by the pool in Miami in 1953

 

Attraction: Retirees play shuffleboard at a trailer park in Clearwater, Florida in 1955

Attraction: Retirees play shuffleboard at a trailer park  in Clearwater, Florida in 1955

 

Driving the future: Visitors using a much more modern trailer at the campground of Thonotosassa park in 1961

Driving the future: Visitors using a much more modern  trailer at the campground of Thonotosassa park in 1961

Enduring: A group of friends picnic near a camper at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City in 1977

Enduring: A group of friends picnic near a camper at St.  Andrews State Park in Panama City in 1977

 

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