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Old 02-12-2006, 08:44 AM   #1
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Lightbulb An example of French abstract vintage design

This is a piece of art!

http://www.vickers-caravan.onestop.net/
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Old 02-12-2006, 10:12 AM   #2
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Rather interesting. I don't know of many French vehicles that could tow it
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Now it needs a really good pipe organ....
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Old 02-12-2006, 11:13 AM   #4
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Showman’s Caravan

Hi Y’all:

This is actually a British Showman’s Caravan made by the Vickers Company in Morecambe Lancashire,

There was, and still may be for all I know, a tradition of commissioning ever more opulent “living wagons” by European circus directors.

They were filled with faux paint techniques, marble, cut glass, chandeliers, etc. Like a whorehouse in Las Vegas might be.

I saw the inside of many of these when I visited circus owners throughout Europe in the 70’s and 80’s.

I particularly remember one heavily carved one belonging to Walter and Moira Nones, the owners of CIRCO MOIRA ORFIE in Italy.

The TOGNI branch of the circus family that owned CIRCO AMERICANO joined THREE trailers together end to end to have an office at one end, a dining room in the centre and a professional kitchen -complete with chef, servers and a matrie’d - in the third!

The living trailers belonging to the various family members surrounded this three piece unit.

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Old 02-13-2006, 07:58 AM   #5
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It does look "enhanced"....

The photo of the exterior has a suspicious shadow on the ground....
I believe this exists. I have seen one or two pictures of this same caravan over the years at various websites, but this was the first site with several pictures I have ran across...
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Old 02-13-2006, 08:02 AM   #6
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Thats a fantastic coach.It belongs in a museum.
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:30 PM   #7
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Enhanced photo? Maybe...

Maybe not...

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Old 02-13-2006, 05:50 PM   #8
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Thumbs up Thanks SilverRanger!

I, for one, would pay to spend the night in that beauty!
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I googled some of the information from SmokelessJoe's post. You're right, there are very few sites that even refer to it, and that's the only site I found that has any pictures. It's described as custom and hand made, so this may be the only one like it.
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Old 02-13-2006, 06:20 PM   #10
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Yes they exist! I have seen at least two, the last time I was in England. Try a google search for Roma Caravans.

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Very cool...my vote is that they are both authentic...same maker...two diff interiors...love the little wood stove in the center of both. Can you imagine a night in there in the day! I'm sure those coaches could tell you a few stories!
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I'd say doubters on the first set of photos are led astray by the type of digital processing done by the poster. I'm no pro -- but I'd nominate oversharpening as part of the problem.

Coaches way cool tho!! Where do I line up to buy some snake oil?
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Old 02-13-2006, 09:20 PM   #13
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It (they) looks like a travel trailer that might have been designed by the Spanish art neuveau architect Antonio Gaudi.

I can definitely see a circus connection...or the bordello reference speculated earlier.

BTW, with the tail lamp configuration, how do you know if it is coming or going?
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Correct...

... Yes these Caravans were very popular indeed, back in the good 'ole days...lol, as stated mainly turned out 4 the Fairground travellers, I believe they were stainless steel boddies, & were decorated 2a very high standard.
There was once upon a time, in a village not so many miles away, a field, & in that field was about 5 of the vans, plus many old fairground vehicles, such as, Fodens, Scania's, Erf & a few I jus can't think of, plus a few old haulage trailers, with HUGE diesel engines sittin proudly aloft, these magnifficent engines powered the fairground rides, I used 2 stand in awe jus watchin them, whilst My friends consumed all the sparkle of the actual fair, I was quite happy 2do the back tour... no wonder I suffer from bad ears...sigh, but 2day, sadly, there is a bungalow there now, & the whereabouts of the fields former Motor mobillia is jus a blur...sad that it is, yet nice 2 kn there r still some out there... somewhere...Chris.....
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