1941 Brooks Stevens Western Flyer Trailer Pictures

The amazing 1941 Western Flyer trailer was designed by famed industrial designer; Brooks Stevens. Born in 1911 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Stevens contracted polio when young, and found that drawing and sketching relieved his bedridden boredom. His interest in design and drawing continued, and from 1929-1933 he attended Cornell University in New York, then started a design consultancy in 1934. He went on to draft seminal designs for a wide array of products, from consumer gadgets to locomotives, and taught Industrial Design at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design until he died 1995. The 1941 Western Flyer trailer/camper is a wonderfully "moderne" streamline design that looks rocket-fast even when sitting still. The huge front grille, split windshield and headlight pods are reminiscent of "cab-over" commercial trucks of the era. And the trailing-flair wheel wells and outrageous wing on the roof further accentuate the "bullet in motion" style of this amazing trailer/camper. Brook Stevens' design portfolio is extensive, but he is probably best known for the iconic designs he drafted for Willys-Overland after WW-II. Willys-Overland contracted with Stevens to design a line of all new consumer vehicles based on the wildly successful 4x4 Jeep used by GI's in the war. Stevens' brilliant designs for the automaker included the now famous Willys pickup truck, panel truck and station wagon (the first all-steel 2-door station wagon), and the sporty Jeepster. This successful collaboration with Willys/AMC/Jeep continued over the years, resulting in Stevens' design of the Jeep Wagoneer in 1959-1960, and the Jeep Cherokee in 1980. Stevens' also designed a fantastic version of the iconic "Wienermobile" for Oscar Mayer in 1958 (based on a Jeep chassis) that shares several design points with the 1941 Western Flyer trailer. It's interesting to note that Stevens also designed the 1962 Gran Turismo Hawk for Studebaker, and the red "puffy-cross" logo for Miller High Life beer. Brooks Stevens was an amazingly creative industrial designer who had a special talent for combing form and function and making ordinary objects beautiful to look at, as well as highly functional.
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1941 Western Flyer Trailer,
massive front grille and split windshield
1941 Western Flyer Trailer,
showing side door to camper interior
1941 Western Flyer Trailer,
beautiful streamlined headlight pods
1941 Western Flyer Trailer,
outrageous roof wing and bulbous rear end!
1941 Western Flyer Trailer, note directional turn signal pods
1941 Western Flyer Trailer, beautifully detailed front end and front grille

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