- The first public demonstration of television in a laboratory in London.
- Satchel Paige makes his pitching debut in the Negro Southern League.
- Two men, Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole.
- Thomas Edison declares (and probably later regrets) that Americans prefer silent movies over "talkies."
- Gene Austin gets a hit song Number 1 on the charts – "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue."
- Three men with great stamina dance the Charleston for 22 hours.
- A book with lasting impact on childhood, "Winnie the Pooh" is released.
Yes, a busy year, 1926. But in a quiet corner of Britain, even today you can relive a bit of history at the Cottswold Motoring Museum. While the most prominent bit of the museum's collection is indeed "motored," you'll also find an interesting specimen of "caravan" or travel trailer, a 1926 Hutchings.
While we don't know the specific model of this caravan, Hutchings did, in the same year, build an elaborate model called "Voyageur" which bore the same "lantern" roof and circle design on the rig's front end. One of these sold a few years back at auction for more than $17,000. The rig displayed at the museum is filled with period memorabilia – looks like RVers didn't watch their weight back then, either.
But then, since Hitchings' original caravans were horse drawn, earlier rig owners might have heard a bit of complaining about overweight from the drive units. By the end of the war, horse drawn caravans had been replaced by those pulled with gasoline driven vehicles.
photos: ell brown on flickr.com