Manufactured by G and L Wood Products 13 Linden Street, Brunswick, Vic 1947 Gypsy Land caravan article: [not sure if there's a relationship between this caravan and the other thread for Gypsy caravans...??]
EDITORIAL NOTE: While the article posted by Franklin1 refers to 'Gypsy Land', earlier and later advertisements for the brand say 'Gipsyland'. The subject heading of this thread has been amended accordingly. (Don Ricardo)
Post by Don Ricardo on Apr 16, 2009 22:48:12 GMT 10
Not only had Gypsy Land become one word by 1950, but I notice they had changed the spelling of Gipsy as well!
A couple of interesting things I also just noticed about the 1947 article in the first post on this thread. The first is that the Gypsy Land was completely lined with caneite. There were a lot of vans which had a caneite ceilings - including the Don - but I can't think of another van with walls lined with caneite. Can you think of any?
The second thing I noted is the description: "There is a dignity in this design that balances with the streamlined car that will tow this Gypsy Land Caravan". Seems they had spin doctors in the 40's as well. ;D ;D ;D I'm still trying to work out what 'dignity in this design' means...especially when I look at the pic of the van. Not that I think there is anything wrong with the design - it is characteristic of its times - but 'dignity'?
Post by Don Ricardo on Jun 26, 2010 19:20:34 GMT 10
Great advert. Thanks for posting it.
The design of the van is very different to the one in the 1947 advert, and has some interesting features - the dorsal line down the front wall, and possibly the roof, and the rear door.
Are you able to tell us the date of the publication? I'm guessing it was later than the 1947 advert, but maybe not...
Canite was/is a pressed wall board made out of the cane part of sugar cane, and around 15mm thick. It was used in houses a lot after WW2 (because of the scarcity of other materials I think, or maybe because it was cheaper than the alternatives such as plaster). The walls and ceiling of my bedroom were all canite when I was a kid. It was also widely used for caravan ceilings in the 40's and 50's because of it's insulating properties and could be moulded into a curved shape.
You can still buy sheets of canite, although paradoxically, they are quite expensive.
A add found in an book called how to build trailers
There has been a bit of discussion on this thread about the date of the Gipsyland caravan in the above advert.
This advertisement - or an identical one - comes from John D Porter's book 'How to Build Trailers - Incorporating the Australian Caravan Magazine and Log Manual' (sixth edition). While the book is not dated, a comment on page 112 states: "This is 1946, not 1936." I presume this indicates the date of publication, and therefore the date of the Gipsyland caravan in the advert. Thus the van in question is post WWII, but possibly a pre-War design, and pre-dating the design shown in the 1947 and 1950 advertisements above.
It would be interesting to know if the same advert appears in earlier editions of Porter's book. Can anyone tell us this?
There are a number of similarities in design between the Gipsyland and this UK built 1936 Car Cruiser, which was recently sold in New Zealand.
This probably reflects the fact that some Australian caravan builders in the 30's and 40's drew some of their styling cues from the UK.
Thanks to Sportsman1 who lent me his copy of 'How to Build Trailers'.