In 1945, Sam Shoen was discharged from the US Navy.
He and his wife wanted to move from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon.
This is about a thousand miles away.
Naturally they had a lot of stuff they wanted to take with them.
But hiring a firm of professional movers was something the young married couple couldn’t afford.
So they checked out the cost of hiring a trailer.
They found you could hire trailers in LA at a daily rate.
The downside was of course when you’d finished you had to return it.
This was fine for people who lived in LA.