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Old 09-20-2012, 04:15 AM   #15
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I received another email from Mark in Modesto stating that he found the following papers and receipts inside the Tradewind:
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I've been digging through the papers which came with the trailer, and I found some receipts with names on them.

One is from the WBCCI to James W. and Barbara Huggins (which we already knew), and verifies their WBCCI Membership as #30908.


The other two receipts of interest were to:


12/13/65

Eugene Gwaltney

Hillcrest Mobile Home Park lot 401

Clearwater, Florida

(Sani-Ware receipt for 1 support tube)

and;


5/20/66
Eugene Gwaltney
1036 Magnolia

L.A. California

(Norcold receipt for 1 burner)


And one oddity I have no explaination for:


A blank bank deposit slip for:


Arthur A. or Grace Bilyeu

Bank of the Pacific

Ocean Park Branch

Ocean Park, Washington


It's probably meaningless but, in the interest of thoroughness...


The majority of the rest of the papers are warranties, appliance pamphlets, owner operating sheets, etc. much of it from Airstream, including towing and camping tips and caveats, systems layouts (plumbing, electrical, gas, etc) and accessory brochures.


One really neat piece of paper is the Airstream Lifetime Warranty, with the serial number, and load rating per axle (4500lbs), signed by Virg (?) Sciutto (hard to read the signature).
This lead me to double check the photos and find that I made a error in my last post. The second prior number in the photos is 7328, not 7238 as I previously researched.

7328 was also first assigned in 1962 to Eugene and Athione Gwaltney of Los Angeles, CA. The Gwaltney's are last listed in the 1970 Directory, still in Los Angeles, and they are listed as having participated on caravans 34 - Western Canada Summer 1963, and 42 - Mexico Winter 1965. This makes it seem likely that the Gwatneys most likely took your Tradewind on those two caravans in addition to the one Art Costello lead. While I believe the Gwaltneys owned your Tradewind from 1962 to at least 1970 (maybe as late as 1975) we can only be sure they owned it in 1965 and 1966 from the receipts.

In the 1971 Directory, #7328 is assigned to Mrs. Eleanor Seller and Mrs. Jerry Forrest (Daughter) of Mobile, Alabama. In 1972 and 1973, #7328 is only Eleanor Sellers, still in Mobile, AL, no caravans. Typically when a member does not renew, they hold the number for a couple of years before reassigning it. When it is reassigned the next year I it means the seller told HQ that they would not be renewing. Sometimes this could be a case of them selling their Airstream to the new assignees. But in this case, since the trailer seems to have been back in California by 1976, I doubt this happened. I doubt that Mrs. Sellers ever owned your 1962 Tradewind.

I am missing the 1974 Membership Directory, but in 1975, #7328 is assigned to Glenn and Maxine Harrell of Pensacola, FL. The Harrells still had #7328 in 1980 and I didn't check any further. I also believe that the Harrells never ownerd your Tradewind.

I also checked the 1966 to 1975 Directories for anyone named Bilyea and found no one with that last name as a member, so if they possibly owned your Tradewind, possibly between 1970 and 1976 (but possibly as early as 1966) they never joined the club.

And lastly, regarding Virg Sciutto, that is a mystery. The Warranty certificates that I have seen from the early 1960's have been signed by either Art Costello (for California built Airstreams) or Andy Charles (for Ohio built Airstreams). Perhaps if the Costellos owned your Tradewind, company policy did not allow Art to sign his own Warranty Certificate. But this is just a guess. The original owners name is also on the Warranty Policies that I have seen. Is that area blank on yours?

Thus my revised guess is that this trailer was first used by Airstream President Art Costello (#100) and was later sold to the Gwaltneys (confirmed, #7328) probably in later 1962, then possibly to the Bilyeas (maybe, not club members) probably between 1970 and 1976, then to the Huggins (confirmed, #30908) probably between 1970 and 1976 but maybe nearer 1976, and then to you in 1981 (confirmed).

That's all I got.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:53 AM   #16
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What Awesome provenance! Please post pictures here.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:17 AM   #17
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Where's PeeWee??? Maybe he could add some insight to this.
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The more I think about it, since the Bilyeus were not from California, I doubt they owned your 24' Tradewind. I will thus revise my hypothesis on owner history as follows:

Your 1962 24' Tradewind was probably first used by Airstream President Art Costello (#100) to lead Caravan #29 to Mexico and was then sold to the Gwaltneys (confirmed, #7328) probably in later 1962, then to the Huggins (confirmed, #30908) probably between 1970 and 1976, and then to you in 1981 (confirmed).
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #19
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Where's PeeWee??? Maybe he could add some insight to this.

Been chatting with Dale "Pee Wee" - he confirmed that a trailer bearing the number 100 would have been Art Costello.
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Been chatting with Dale "Pee Wee" - he confirmed that a trailer bearing the number 100 would have been Art Costello.
I had been planning to ask PeeWee about this trailer next time he and I talk, but hadn't gotten to it yet. The real question is does PeeWee remember a trailer with a gold anodized band around it? I think PeeWee was possibly working for Airstream around the time this trailer was built. If so, he might remember it.
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Since this is such an old thread can someone post new pictures of the trailer in question as the old links to the photos do not work anymore. Very interesting story and I would love to see the trailer as it looks today.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:07 PM   #22
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Since this is such an old thread can someone post new pictures of the trailer in question as the old links to the photos do not work anymore. Very interesting story and I would love to see the trailer as it looks today.
Here are the only photos I have of this Airstream, including closeups of the WBCCI numbers on the trailer. Warning, the "100" is hard to see, but it's there front and rear, with all three digits squeezed onto the center end cap segment. The 7328 spreads over three end cap segments front and rear, but is much easier to make out in the rear photos - you can sort of see parts of it in the front if you know what you are looking for.
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Joe, I'm pretty sure he was on that Mexico trip. I seem recall some pictures he showed me of Wally and Stella and his Mother. Also, stories of his adventures wandering around at night. I need to return a phone call to him later this weekend - do you want me to check or would you rather do it....
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According to the the 1966 membership Directory, neither Wally & Stella, nor PeeWee nor Helen are listed as having participated in caravan #29 - Eastern Mexico Winter 1962.

Feel free to close the loop with PeeWee to see if he remembers the trailer. I am home sick right now and don't feel like talking to anyone, but occasional typing is OK.
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This is such a cool thread! The mystery continues....if only airstreams could talk! I love the double axles on it...very jealous!
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We spent some time chatting with PeeWee and his charming wife at Alumafandango. What a great couple, we are so glad that we got to spend some time with them. Had I known about this thread, I would have picked his brain, but alas, I was unaware. I did get a lot of insight from him however, and look forward to seeing him again.
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According to the the 1966 membership Directory, neither Wally & Stella, nor PeeWee nor Helen are listed as having participated in caravan #29 - Eastern Mexico Winter 1962.
Thanks for the correction - realized my error shortly after posting as Dale was younger on his Mexico trip.

So I had a long conversation with Dale this evening. His Mexico trip was Wally's first organized rally in 1951. Dale was 12.

He did not recall ever seeing the trailer in question but restated that 100 belonged to Art Costello.

His best guess, since only one gold trailer was ever produced, was that the gold aluminum was left over from building Wally's trailer. Why the unit was built and how it ended up in Art's hands he could only speculate about.
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An update to this story:
In the February 2016 issue of the WBCCI email News & Views newsletter, I submitted a story about this unusual Airstream, more or less summarizing the story told in this thread, with one notable addition (see pages 11-13):
http://wbcci.org/component/jdownload...-february-2016

The addition is a photo of what I believe is this Airstream on the 1962 Eastern Mexico Caravan, showing the wife of the President of Mexico on the goacho accepting a chartible donation from Art Costello and Andy & Connie Charles. This photo and an accompanying letter came from the Sierra Nevada Airstreams web site and were posted there by Dale Schwamborn:
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/me...62-mexico.html

The overhead cabinet design of the Airstream in that photo was only used in 1962 California built Airstreams, and I have not seen the metal grate seen in the center overhead cabinet door in any other trailer suggesting it was a custom addition. I can almost imagine it being gold in color to coordinate with the gold theme in the trailer, but of course we cannot confirm the color in a B&W photo

If Mark is listening, it would be great to learn if his trailer has this metal grate, because I have not seen any interior photos of this trailer to confirm it myself.
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