In 1929, three young women, ages 23 and 25, went on a three-months-long, tri-country road trip. In total they drove 12,353 miles. They autocamped, stayed in hotels, and occasionally stayed with relatives. Taking $450, they returned home to Bridgeport, CT with 47 cents.
In 2011, a Master’s thesis was written about their trip based on postcards and letters sent home by one of the three girls. The thesis looked at the contents of this mail and used the contents to analyze advice literature on how women should go on road trips and autocamp.
There is so much more of their story to be told.
Now, the author of that thesis, a relative of the postcards and letters’ author, is hoping to recreate the trip to:
- Continue a textual analysis of the postcards and letters in dialogue with the 1920s advice literature
- Document how the places visited in 1929 have transformed or been historically preserved
- Analyze the similarities and differences between advice literature from the 1920s and advice literature from today
- Learn about what news-making events were happening in each place as the three visited them
And more by way of observation, out of curiosity:
- See how far $450 will get her along the route
- See how far nearly $6,000 will get her on the trip ($450 in 1929 inflated to today’s price)