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Press kit for Sonny Liston versus Cassius Clay Championship Fight

Distributed by:
Dundee-MacDonald Enterprises, Inc., American, founded 1963  Search this
Subject of:
Dundee's 5th St. Gym, American, 1950 - 1983  Search this
Muhammad Ali, American, 1942 - 2016  Search this
Sonny Liston, American, 1928 - 1970  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 12 x 9 1/4 in. (30.5 x 23.5 cm)
Type:
press kits
Place depicted:
Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Date:
February 1964
Topic:
African American  Search this
Athletes  Search this
Boxing  Search this
Mass media  Search this
U.S. History, 1961-1969  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Dwaine Simpson 5th St. Gym Museum Collection
Object number:
2011.56.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5fd4cb328-8ef7-4d30-a7b2-b76f3da0100a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.56.3
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Kit Mobile Home Manufacturing Company Records

Creator:
Kit Manufacturing Company.  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Articles
Fliers (printed matter)
Photographs
Advertising fliers
Date:
1951-1995.
Summary:
Archival materials documenting the manufacture and sale of Kit Mobile Homes.
Scope and Contents note:
The records of the Kit Manufacturing Company date from 1951 to 1995. They consist primarily of advertising materials, newspaper clippings, copies of Articles about the company and photographs. The photographs portray many of the models built during the years 1951 1995. Most of the models are named and many show the date of production. Many photographs show internal views. However, some are not identified by either name or date. One photograph shows the company's main plant at Caldwell, Idaho.

The collection also includes an autobiographical publication written by Dan Pocapalia, I Love A Challenge! This is the interesting story of a successful, self made business man whose inborn skills and quick mind, coupled with determination and hard work, resulted in building a successful new business one that started on the proverbial shoestring and wound up listed on the American Stock Exchange. In the Epilogue, the publication also includes brief references to Mrs. Pocapalia and the five children, as well as short statements about, Arnold J. Romeym, Bill Worman, and Jim Nicholson, all of whom were involved to a major degree in the growth and establishment of the company.
Arrangement:
Divided into 3 series

Series 1: Advertising brochures, newsclippings and articles

Series 2: Photographs

Series 3: Publications
Biographical/Historical note:
Dan Pocapalia in 1994 celebrated a nearly fifty-year association with Kit Manufacturing Company by writing a history of the company that is also the story of his life. Born on December 12, 1916, on a small farm near Santa Monica, California, Mr. Pocapalia is a prototype of the successful self made businessman. His father, born in Pinerolo, Italy, arrived in the United States at the age of 22. His mother, Rosa Camusso, followed shortly thereafter. After working in New York for several years, the young couple moved to California. Named Dante but always called Dan, the boy was the second of four children. One of Dan's earliest pleasure was building things. At the age of 10 or 11 he produced a radio from a pair of earphones found on a dump. His mother died in 1929 and the years of the depression were difficult ones for the family. Dan left school during the sixth grade to help in the fields, picking truck crops that sometimes did not bring enough to pay freight and commission charges on the produce. By 1938, he had decided to leave the farm and see the country before looking for a real job.

His first real job was at Vultee Aircraft Company (later known as Consolidated Vultee) near his father's farm, at that time in Norwalk, California. Talent and a quick mind compensated for lack of education and experience and very quickly, Dan Pocapalia became a valuable employee on Vultee's wartime government contract for planes. Working thirteen to sixteen hours a day meant financial reward for Dan but little else. Several attempts at enlistment in the military failed because he was considered an essential industrial worker. By 1945, however, most of the talk at the plant was about what one hoped to do after the war ended.

In November 1945, a chance meeting with Bill Worman, a former worker at Vultee, determined Dan Pocapalials future. Worman was part owner of a trailer business in a nearby plant on Telegraph Road. He planned to build 60 "tear drop" camper trailers because he had found and bought 60 Fulton hitches. He had chosen the name "Kit" to reflect his marketing plan: the units were to be sold in a knocked down kit, which would be assembled by the buyer. In less than a week Dan Pocapalia borrowed $800 to buy out Worman's other partner to become a one half partner in Kit Manufacturing Company. The new partners decided to redesign the Kit Kamper to increase the simplicity and eficiency of its assembly. The original Kit Kamper was built while materials were still subject to World War II's War Production Board prioritie's and it and later models illustrate new and creative uses of aluminum and fiberglass. Dan Pocapalia was responsible for the design; Bill Worman for bookkeeping, sales and promotion. Despite shortages of necessary supplies and the money to buy them, their first appearance at the Gilmore Stadium Show in February 1946 was successful. They booked about 500 orders, with some dealers paying in advance.

The work force expanded to meet the demand and the partners decided to enter into an agreement with Sackett Nicholson of Long Beach, California, to be sole distributor for the Kit Kamper. Although they did not get along, Pocapalia recognized Nicholson's expertise and ability as a salesman even though he did not trust him. Similarly, Bill Worman did not get along with nor trust Arnold Romeyn, the bookkeeper for Sackett Nicholson. Despite these problems, the company expanded production to build 3 bedroom mobile homes, dormitory mobile homes for government projects such as the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, and relocatable classrooms. The tribulation, escapes from bankruptcy, quarrels, and major disagreements among the partners were many but Kit Manufacturing Company became a respected and successful business. When Kit went public in 1969, the shares of each participant in the company were retired for more than $500,000 out for each participant. Dean Witter & Company underwrote the offering of 1,434,839 shares at $14.75 a share. The company was listed on the American Stock Exchange in March 1970.

Dan and his wife, Mary Ann, lived in an 81' x 331' Kit mobile home for the first two years of their marriage. Their first child was born while they lived there but as other children came along they moved to a new house built by Mary Ann's architect father. In 1995, Dan Pocapalia marked his 50th year of association with Kit Manufacturing Company, and was still active full time as chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives Center, NMAH, by Mr. and Mrs. Pocapalia in October 1994.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Mobile home industry  Search this
Mobile homes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Articles
Fliers (printed matter)
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1950-2000
Advertising fliers
Citation:
Kit Mobile Home Manufacturing Company Records, 1951-1995, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0518
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Kit Mobile Home Manufacturing Company Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0518

Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection

Author:
Ryder Mobile Homes, Inc.  Search this
Donor:
Zink, Philip G.  Search this
Zink, Scott  Search this
Zink, Philip G.  Search this
Zink, Scott  Search this
Names:
Ryder, Ralph  Search this
Extent:
15 Cubic feet (44 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Advertisements
Business records
Photographs
Trade catalogs
Date:
circa 1920s-2001
Summary:
The collection documents trailer park life, particularly the Ryder Mobile Homes Park founded by Ralph Ryder in New Haven, Connecticut in 1930.
Scope and Contents:
The collecton consists of photographs, trade literature, plans, park bulletins, specifications, sales materials and contracts from manufacturers, articles, and sales literature on the company's own products. There are some personal items relating to the company founder Ralph Ryder. The photographs depict the Ryder Mobile Homes Park, and its trailers and residents, as well as other mobile homes and recreational vehicles.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into seven series.

Series 1: Ryder Mobile Homes Park, 1930-1990s

Series 2: Residential Mobile Homes Materials, 1947-2001

Series 3: Recreational Trailer Materials, 1967-1972

Series 4: Mobile Homes Trade Literature, circa 1920s-circa 1970s

Series 5: Mobile Homes Accessories Trade Literature, 1945-1994

Series 6: Magazines, 1936-1973

Series 7: Photographs, 1928-1989
Historical note:
Ryder Mobile Homes, Inc. operated a mobile home park in New Haven, Connecticut from 1930 to 1981. Ralph Ryder established the company in 1930. He built and lived in a house car, a trailer on a truck body, near New Haven, Connecticut. The company designed and built its own recreational vehicles in the 1940s and operated a dealership circa 1950 to 1981, where it sold many different brands of mobile home trailers and recreational vehicles. Ryder began selling trailers in 1936 and moved his sales operation and trailer home to a ten-acre wooded lot in Hamden, Connecticut, that he purchased from Henry Usher. He opened his trailer lot to other residents, creating one of the first mobile home parks in the United States. The trailer lot expanded to sixty acres and is still in operation. Ryder's nephew, Gary Zink, joined the business in 1947. Zink continued the business operations after Ryder's death in 1973 and then sold the business in 1999.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center by Scott and Phillip G. Zink on July 10, 2001.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Mobile home industry  Search this
Recreational vehicle industry  Search this
Recreational vehicle living  Search this
Recreational vehicles  Search this
Mobile home living  Search this
Mobile homes  Search this
Mobile home parks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertisements -- 20th century
Business records -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Trade catalogs
Citation:
Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0777
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Ryder Mobile Homes Park Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0777
Online Media:

The unknown world of the mobile home / John Fraser Hart, Michelle J. Rhodes and John T. Morgan, with the cartographic collaboration of Mark B.Lindberg

Author:
Hart, John Fraser  Search this
Rhodes, Michelle J. 1972-  Search this
Morgan, John (John T.)  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 142 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Mobile homes  Search this
Mobile home living  Search this
Mobile home industry  Search this
Mobile home parks  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_687884

Wheel estate : the rise and decline of mobile homes / Allan D. Wallis

Author:
Wallis, Allan D  Search this
Physical description:
x, 283 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
Topic:
Mobile homes--Psychological aspects  Search this
Mobile homes--Sociological aspects  Search this
Mobile home industry  Search this
Mobile home living  Search this
Housing policy  Search this
Call number:
HD7289.62.U6W35 1991X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_410763

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