The company was founded in 1932
Chicago, Illinois Factory: 1824 W. Kinzie St. General office: 17 S. Wells St.
The mobile home evolved out of the travel trailer of the 1920s and 1930s and the house trailer of the 1940s and early 1950s. Conceived as a mobile and temporary form of shelter, it eventually became a primarily immobile and permanent form of housing. First used by vacationers, itinerant travelers, and migrant workers, the mobile home gained greater recognition and legitimacy during World War II, when it was used as emergency housing for war workers. In the postwar period, it became a popular form of year-round housing for people on a limited budget. Today, once situated, most mobile homes do not move.
Glider Dealer Sign
During the early years of the mobile home, production was concentrated in the Midwest. In 1942, Illinois ranked fourth among mobile home-producing states, behind California, Indiana, and Michigan. Chicago was the center of Illinois' mobile home industry. Reflecting the broad manufacturing base of the city and its strength in the areas of metalworking and machinery, the local mobile home industry included two of the largest early producers, Glider Trailer Company and Indian Trailer Corporation. Still, the local industry did not survive into the 1960s. The high cost of labor and factory space in Chicago and difficulties transporting the ever-larger mobile home units through the area compelled manufacturers to locate in other parts of the country.
Originally, they called their trailers “Handy Homes”
No. 17 Model - two complete rooms actually separated from each other. This handy home has a 6 foot 3 inch ceiling. Sleeps four. Loads of carrying space and an open fireplace. $395
Glider is a 1947, Model 35
From the TCT Classifieds: 1949 Glider: This is a single axle 20' Glider Travel Trailer. She looks and feels like a 1940s Pullman Car. It was previously restored by Vintage-Vacations and was sitting in a garage for three years till I bought it last year. It is in better then showroom condition. Sleeps four, has new vintage looking awning. ( no bathroom.) I up graded the trailer with a 12 volt electrical system for dry camping.