According to David Woodworth, this 1931 Chevrolet Housecar was owned by MAE WEST. It had been built for Paramount Studios to present to Miss West when she left vaudeville and "the legit" to make movies for the studio in 1931. Notice that, unlike the modern recreation vehicles, this is a chauffer-driven lounge car — — not designed to be a camper. Since Mae West did not like to fly, this "portable hotel" made her road trips more comfortable.
• • This photo is from the David Woodworth Collection.
• • From chauffered models such as these, the industry has evolved. In early June 2010 there will be a large gathering of attendees at the the RV/MH (Recreational Vehicle/Motor Home) Heritage Museum in Elkhart, Indiana as the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is planning to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
• • As reported by The Providence Journal: “The industry is in a ready mode now,” said Al Hesselbart, being interviewed by phone by Peter C.T. Elsworth from Elkhart, where he is the museum’s historian.
• • Providence Journal Staff Writer Peter C.T. Elsworth adds: The museum, which moved into a new facility three years ago, features a collection of 48 vintage campers, including an RV once owned by movie star Mae West, an extensive library, and an industry-related Hall of Fame.
• • Mae West's 1931 Housecar was preserved, and has been displayed at road shows, thanks to Californian David Woodworth, a leading collector of early RVs and RV camping memorabilia.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • her 1931 Housecar • •
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