Rusted Trailer, Todd Drake, photographer, mobile home

Delmarva Peninsula

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dreams deferred


Mobile homes built in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s are still being rented and lived in. Too old to be moved, others are being abandoned. It is hard to tell whether some are still occupied or deserted. Some abandoned homes are used as camps by the homeless.  What does it say about us as a society that some shelters for people are that close to being ruins?


Envisioned for and sold to families with high hopes of rising up the middle class ladder, today, these structures serve as affordable housing of the working poor, the first homes of immigrants, and the last for the elderly. 


Around 1961 my father, Frank Drake,  finally found a good paying job as a buyer for Taylor Mobile Home in Troy, NC. It gave our family so much hope. He died a few years into the job from cancer. My dad most likely helped build the first mobile home featured in this series, a 1961 Taylor Home. I never knew my father, but  for decades I have thought of him whenever I saw old mobile homes like these.


This series is dedicated to both a long lost father, and to so many who, like my family, find a way to pick up and live on with dreams deferred.  


I am currently seeking funding to restore a vintage Taylor Mobile that my father helped build to be used as an exhibition and education space.  Please consider supporting this project. 


Your donation will help with trailer's restoration, exhibition of these photos,  the production of educational materials, and a photography workshop for youth's living in a trailer park.


Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to support this project! 

Taylor Mobile Home, Todd Drake, photographer, trailer

1961 Taylor Mobile Home, Asheboro, NC

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Todd Drake, photographer, mobile home, trailer, poverty

Delmarva Peninsula

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer, mobile home
Delmarva Peninsula
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Todd Drake, photographer, mobile home, trailer, poverty

Delmarva Peninsula

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer

Abandoned Migrant Workers Camp, VA

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Todd Drake, photographer, mobile home, trailer, poverty

Currituck  County, NC 

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Todd Drake, photographer, mobile home, trailer, poverty

Currituck County, NC

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Todd Drake, Photographer, mobile home, trailer, North Carolina

Currituck County, NC

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Todd Drake, Mobile Home, Trailer, poverty, photographer

Currituck County, NC

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trailer, mobile home, Currituck County, North Carolina, poverty

Currituck County, NC

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer, mobile home

Delmarva Peninsula

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Todd Drake, photographer, mobile home, trailer, poverty

near Plymouth, NC

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Todd Drake, photographer, mobile home, trailer, poverty

Chapel Hill Road, NC 

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer, mobile home

Delmarva Peninsula, VA

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Todd Drake, photographer, mobile home, trailer, poverty

Chapel Hill, NC 

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer, mobile home

Columbus County, NC

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Green Mobile Home, Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer, mobile home
Delmarva Peninsula
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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer, mobile home

Delmarva Peninsula, VA

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer, mobile home

Wake Forest, NC 

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer, mobile home,

Chadbourn, NC 

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Mobile Home with pealing paint,  Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer

Delmarva Peninsula

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Todd Drake, Photographer, mobile home, trailer

Close up

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer, mobile home

Columbus County, NC

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Todd Drake, photographer, mobile home, trailer, poverty

Columbus County, NC

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer, mobile home

near Chapel Hill, NC

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer, mobile home

Columbus County, NC 

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Mobile Home and Old Van, Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer
Delmarva Peninsula
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Todd Drake, Photographer, mobile home in fog, trailer

Summerfield, NC 

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Todd Drake, Mobile home, photographer, trailer, rebel flag, poverty

near Bunn, NC

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Todd Drake, photographer, trailer, mobile home, poverty

Columbus County, NC 

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Todd Drake, Photographer, mobile home, trailer, poverty

near Asheboro, NC 

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer. mobile home, poverty

near Asheboro, NC 

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer. mobile home, poverty

near Chapel Hill, NC 

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Todd Drake, Mobile Home, photographer, trailer, poverty

near Bunn, NC

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Todd Drake, Mobile Home, photographer, trailer, poverty

GET OUT, near Bunn, NC

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Todd Drake, Mobile Home, Photographer, trailer, poverty

near Bunn, NC

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer. mobile home, poverty
Hwy 138, near Troy,NC
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Todd Drake, trailer. mobile home, poverty

near Wake Forest, NC

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer. mobile home, poverty

Delmarva Peninsula

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer. mobile home, poverty

Wake Forest, NC

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Todd Drake, Mobile Home, trailer, poverty

Franklin County, NC

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Todd Drake, trailer. mobile home, poverty

near Bunn, NC

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Todd Drake, trailer. mobile home, poverty

near Wake Forest, NC 

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Todd Drake, trailer. mobile home, poverty

near Wake Forest, NC

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer. mobile home, poverty

Chadbourn, NC

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Todd Drake, photographer, mobile home, trailer, poverty

Delmarva Peninsula

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer. mobile home, poverty

Delmarva Peninsula

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Todd Drake, trailer. mobile home, poverty

Delmarva Peninsula

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Todd Drake, photographer, mobile home, trailer, poverty

Wake Forest, NC

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Todd Drake, Photographer, trailer. mobile home, poverty

Wake Forest, NC 

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Delmarva Peninsula
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