World renowned for recreational areas as diverse as the coast, mountains and deserts, Southern California is equally well known for the distinctive vehicles used by vacationers on their journeys. Vacationland U.S.A. traces the evolution of motorized leisure travel in Southern California during the first 25 years after World War II. It explores the development of cars, trucks, station wagons and other types of vehicles used by vacationers and illustrates how camping trailers and other recreational equipment evolved to meet the demand by motorized tourists for increasingly more comfortable and sophisticated accouterments. The exhibit focuses on vehicles built by domestic manufacturers, both popular and obscure and illustrates their utility by displaying them loaded with period camping equipment, or hitched to trailers ranging from a compact "Cub" to one towing a pleasure boat.
Southern California: Vacationland USA
September 1, 2003 - April 1, 2005
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