Todd of the electric blue steel kitchen cabinets sent us this delightful artifact from midcentury America, the land where anything was possible: A bar made from the back end parts of a Trailmobile trailer. As I underscore in the headline, Todd says this in not something that someone has made today, or even 20 years ago, from an old Trailmobile. This bar was made by Trailmobile itself as a “presentation piece.” Todd did not give me a model year for this bus, do we have an expert out there who can tell my the design details. Todd writes:
A bar in the home…
Often a vintage bar is a dainty thing, suitable for a retro apartment. This is a large bar that lived in a very large mid century rec room in Central Pennsylvania. We brought it to Philadelphia where the Trailmobile bar was the central visual feature for a decade at Lost Highways Archive & Research Library, and then spent the last 10 years in storage.
It was built specifically at the Trailmobile factory as a presentation piece, then given to a fellow who had been a big deal in the Department of Transportation as a thank you for something now lost to history.
Anyway, this is a masculine item I thought you might wish to show on your site. Retro guys like to incorporate vintage transportation items into their surroundings, and my groovy wife and I have always worked with a comfortable combination of masculine and feminine retro in our home and work space.
Thank you, Todd, keep ’em coming. You and DW have the groove thing going on, for sure!