You have to go back over 50 years, to the early 1960s, to find any reference to shipping containers being used for anything other than shipping. While they may well have been used in various locations for standalone storage containers, it was in 1962 the Insbrandtsen Company Inc applied for a patent entitled ‘Combination shipping container and showcase’.
With the patent granted in 1965, the company wished to convert shipping containers to exhibition booths, allowing businesses to attend industry and business fairs, showcasing their products from converted containers.
A Wide Range of Applications
Converted shipping containers are used extensively by the military, to provide fast, secure, temporary storage, workshops, and accommodation in conflict areas around the globe.