Build the 'Wild Goose' – all electronically!
Do you ever get the idea to build something really cool in your backyard or garage? Well, as the weather gets warmer and drier (it will right?) maybe it’s time to find a project! I have always loved those 1950′s tear-drop travel trailers. I’d like a cool 1950′s car to pull it with too, but I will leave that for another post. So you’re looking for trailer plans, right?
We have a database for older magazine articles called Reader’s Guide Retro 1890-1982. You can find it by choosing the Database tab from our home page and then choosing the Magazines link.
I decided to try the search term “build a trailer” and came up with 9 results. The most promising was “Build Wild Goose, a sturdy overnight trailer. Popular Mechanics v. 99 (April 1953) p. 187-93″.
Although we don’t keep back issues of magazines quite that old in our collection, I knew Google Books offers full-image access to over 100 years of Popular Mechanics. Using the Google Books Advanced Book Search I entered “build wild goose” in the exact phrase field.
Behold, the whole article in its 1953 glory! Photos, plans and all.
Of course, Readers Guide Retro and Google Books aren’t limited to building tear-drop trailers, so have fun!