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1901 - 1910

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In the beginning of the 20th century, campers added tents, beds, small kitchens, sometimes even flush toilets and wash basins with hot and cold running water to their family cars.

Cars had large running boards on which campers installed a box that opened into a kitchen or a fold-up cot.
1909, Source: Motor Magazine

The rear seats folded out to become beds.

Some pulled a small wooden trailer carrying camping equipment.
1905, Photo Courtesy of
Atlas Mobile Home Directory

It did not take long for handy enthusiasts to build the first motorhomes. They were simple wooden house structures built at home and added to the chassis of the car.
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1910, "Pullman" in front of Dandurands house
Source: Centre d'histoire de Montréal

1910, "Pullman"
Source: Centre d'histoire de Montréal
One of the earliest reported motorhome was in Montreal in 1910. Ucal-Henri Dandurand, first Montreal's motorist, brought a 3-ton Packard truck from Detroit. He called his motorhome "Pullman". Pierre Breault, a Montreal carriage builder built the coach to Dandurand's plan.

The unit was 28 feet long, 6½ feet wide and 9 ½ height. 22 persons could sit and 11 could sleep. It was equipped with salon, sleeping room, kitchen with oil stove and icebox, toilet and running water. The vehicle was used until 1924.
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TRAFFIC LIGHTS WERE IN USE BEFORE THERE WERE MOTORCARS

Traffic lights were used before the advent of the motorcar. In 1868, a lantern with red and green signals was used at a London intersection to control the flow of horse buggies and pedestrians.

When motorcars were introduced to the US in the late 1890s, Police Officer William Potts used railroad signals for street traffic, adding the amber light. His electric traffic lights were installed in 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. They were manually controlled. The first automatic traffic light was invented later in 1920 by Garrett Morgan and first used in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

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