With so much focus these days on small spaces and mobile living, it would be a mistake to forget that the classic teardrop-style trailer has been around for well over fifty years. In that time, there have been countless innovative variations on the basic shape, style and functionality of this core design.

Teardrop trailers were introduced as far back as the 1930s – not too long after the advent of mainstream, mass-produced automobiles for the public. While the details varied, most original designs focused on simplicity: streamlined shape, lightweight materials and a plan that called for standard dimensional plywood sizes (4 by 8 feet).

Some of the most ingenious space-saving aspects of the teardrop comes from the need to make maximum use of limited interior square footage. The resulting cabin is reserved for, at most, sleeping quarters for two and a bit of storage, while cooking, lounging and other related functions are relegated to the outdoors by necessity.

To this day, teardrops represent one of the cheapest and easiest do-it-yourself portable building types out there, and people continue to customize them in all kinds of creative ways. Sub-cultures have formed around fans and owners, while books like Teardrops & Tiny Trailers have been written about the phenomena and history as well.?Stay tuned for contemporary teardrop projects and production companies yet to come. (More drawings, scans and free sample plans at BobsTeardrop & TinyTears)