Obviously we’re all well aware that tiny homes didn’t originate with Jay Shafer, but it’s cool to see some vintage photographs of tiny living!
Our reader, Liz, sent us these photos of women and children living in shacks (that look quite similar to the tiny houses of today!) while their husbands felled timbers and milled wood to build their own homes in Jackson County, Alabama. This was part of the “New Deal” attempts to resettle farmers who had lost everything in the Great Depression.
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Tiny Homes of Yesteryear: Skyline Village
This was the community of tiny homes. As you can imagine, there was no electricity or plumbing.
Wives and children lived here while the husbands built their forever homes. You can see a wood stove behind the little girl.
The men felled the trees and milled all the wood.
After much labor, these precious small homes awaited them!
It appears that throughout history, the need for affordable living hasn’t changed much! The bottom picture is of Dignity Village.
What do you think? Would a Skyline Village work today?
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Our big thanks to Liz for sharing! 🙏
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