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Old 10-21-2008, 09:06 AM   #15
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What a GREAT find.

There's nothing like Family History, you are very lucky to have such an important archive.

Sandy and I are the custodians of her Maternal Grandmother's 1953 Ford.
Just the way Gram sold it to us in 1976. We are so fortunate in having the Family connection.

Keep the photo's coming!!!!
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:22 AM   #16
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Sorry for being a boob, but how do I view the photos? I tried doing a search in the gallery.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:48 AM   #17
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Sorry for being a boob, but how do I view the photos? I tried doing a search in the gallery.
What is visible in the previous posts?

A moderator may be able to help.
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:13 AM   #18
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Sorry for being a boob, but how do I view the photos? I tried doing a search in the gallery.
They should show up in post #7 of this thread ... should is the key word ....

That 1953 Ford is sure a fine automibile Robert! Very cool that you are the owner now.
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:17 AM   #19
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What a find! I wish I had pictures of my Uncle Lewis and Aunt Catherine from their AS days. I'm been searching but nothing yet.
It would help if I could find/remember the name of their daughters husband so I could try and contact her to see if she has pictures they left behind.

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I'm not certain how many pictures I can upload, but I'll give it a try. There are hundreds more pics.... some of ralley's with, literally, hundreds of airstreams together in parks around the US and caravans (with less numbers) in Central America, England/Wales/Scotland and Canada..... I'd give about anything to have their WBCII berets.


This must have been in the mid 60's (thanks Shari for alerting me of the correction of the decade). And that must be ME in the last photo, on my grandmother's lap....



This is one of the few pictures showing the inside of their Airstream. It's one of my favorite photographs. There is a family crest hanging at the kitchen that I also found. My grandfather painted it (he was a graphic artist) and did a lot of research on our family history during their caravan to the UK.




I love these "classic's". My grandmother was a model for Helen Certa (in Mexico). Her clothing was impeccable - and I can see she was always ready for a photograph.

My mom and I are in the second photo --- must have been around 1967.




I know that my grandfather painted the name plate. He did everything in calligraphy ....



In 1976, my grandparents flew my parents and I to Mexico for Christmas. We stayed in an airstream a few doors down from them at Yuca Trailer Park in Guadalajara. My grandmother taught yoga every moring at the park.

My grandmother, though being in the forefront of alternative medicine, was a sun worshiper - which is surprising .... When she was young, her bathrobe caught fire on the furnace in one of their airstreams. My grandfather heard her screaming, got her out and rolled her down the hill. She suffered third degree burns on 60% of her body. Spent months in the hospital - horrific. She had my grandfather apply straight Aloe on her burns - and always thought it saved her. Suposedly, the doctors said that it couldn't hurt.....

The picture of my grandparents together is exactly how I remember them. Loving life! Happy! Social! I did find the badges they are wearing and am trying to think of a good way to display them in my airstream. I think they used to pin them on the curtain.....

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Old 10-21-2008, 11:35 AM   #20
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They should show up in post #7 of this thread ... should is the key word ....

That 1953 Ford is sure a fine automibile Robert! Very cool that you are the owner now.
I don't see any pics in post #7. I can see the Ford in #15 above though. Must be my settings?
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Absolutley Fantastic pic's thanks for sharing them with the rest of us.
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Thanks for sharing the photos with us.I always find old Airstream pictures so interesting.A snapshot of another time.
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I don't see any pics in post #7. I can see the Ford in #15 above though. Must be my settings?
Now I see them! Great shots!

Thanks for posting.
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:51 PM   #24
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Greetings Funkill!

The car in the photo that you and your mother are in is likely a 1965 Oldsmobile Delta 88 (could also be Dynamic 88).

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Anyone want to take a stab at the year/model of any of the AS in the pics? It would be too cool if one was a 27' 1973 Overlander. But, I think that by then they had worked to a slightly bigger one.....

Are those awnings over the curb-side windows (and even one shot with it on the front window) in the pictures, or some kind of slip-on cover?

And it the last set of pic's, I can see the letters "S E E" on the side - what might that stand for? Notice the little lights mounted on the curbside too - those must be temporary ones????
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fun find --- vintage family AS photo's

Greetings Funkill!

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Anyone want to take a stab at the year/model of any of the AS in the pics? It would be too cool if one was a 27' 1973 Overlander. But, I think that by then they had worked to a slightly bigger one.....
The earlier single axle trailer appears to be a 1965 Tradewind. If it is, it would be somewhat unusual in that tandem axles became standard in '64; but Airstream, at the time, would often accommodate customer requests for custom features. I don't believe that it is a '64 or earlier as it does not have the door-within-a-door.

I am less familiar with later model Airstreams beyond 1968, but I believe that the newer 1970s era coach is likely at least an Ambassador (28' or 29' depending upon year); but more probably a Sovereign (30' or 31' depending upon year). I don't believe that it would be an Overland as it appears to have side-by-side windows in the lving room.

Are those awnings over the curb-side windows (and even one shot with it on the front window) in the pictures, or some kind of slip-on cover?

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And it the last set of pic's, I can see the letters "S E E" on the side - what might that stand for? Notice the little lights mounted on the curbside too - those must be temporary ones????
The awnings on the windows are typical of those that were often made by the owner or purchased through the company store. They were usually attached by snaps in the top corners of the window, and held on the bottom of the windows with elastic. The windows could be closed with these awnings attached resulting in a much darkened interior environment.

The lettering on the side of the coach at the bottom appears to be a state or unit name. During the 1970s and 1980s, it was fairly common to have one's unit or state name painted in the coach's side coves. Could your grandparents have had some attachment to a unit in Tennessee? The porch light (next to the window immediately to left of entry door) was an option available from sometime in the 1950s through the mid-to-late 1970s. The photo below is of the optional porch light on my '64 Overlander:



The porch light was attached to a special base that plugged into the single outlet next to the window and was secured with a screw-down ring (seen hanging below my porch light) -- the porch light was detached for travel and stored in the coach.

I believe that there may be two 1970s era coaches in your group of photos. The coach in the next to the last group that has the rear fender of the white Oldsmobile visible appears to be a '69 as it looks like the lower outer corner of the wing window is squared off; while the coach in the bottom-most set appears to be a 1970 or later as it appears to have the rounded off lower outer corner of the wing window.

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Dang those pictures are sweet!
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Wow, those photos are great. I can only hope to enjoy life as much as they did and all the experiences they had with their family. Airstreams seem to help you focus on what is most important. It would be interesting to see if you could use the numbers on the picture and find the Airstreams today it they are still on the road.

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