By Bill Reimbold-My first recreational vehicle was also my first car, an eight year old 1960 Rambler American. The front seats folded back and joined the rear bench seat to form a bed, which filled the entire cabin. Eventually, the driver's seat would not go back up, so I drove around seated on the edge of the bed. From there, all trailers, no matter how small, were a big improvement. My wife and I have owned a number of trailers over the years and our favorite vacation is a road trip exploring the Southwest were we live.
I grew up in the Southwest and have been making sterling jewelry since the mid '80's. I am mostly influenced and excited by what is called Fred Harvey era jewelry, which was created and sold to travelers along the highways of Arizona and New Mexico. The Bell Trading Company continued to sell Harvey style jewelry from 1932 to 1974. The designs were images of the area, including roadrunners, Thunderbirds, arrows and dogs. Strangely missing from the designs were the vehicles that traveled the highways and the trailers they towed.
My personal mission is to correct this oversight and include the creative and innovative mid century trailers to the Harvey era motif. Early Airstreams and Shastas, among many others, appear on my sterling silver story teller cuff bracelets. Each of our road trips inspires many new designs and ideas. Recently we visited Oatman, Arizona and after that I added, you guessed it, several burros to the designs.