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Old 02-10-2011, 08:01 AM   #43
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I forgot to also say "Thanks for posting these photos!". It is always great to see old time photos of Airstreams in use!

I have a few more tidbits of information for you. Your grandparents, Louis & Gladys Shinn, #10718, were in WBCCI through 1988. They probably joined when #10718 was first assigned in 1964, but I am missing membership directories from that time period to confirm. The first directory I have that lists them is 1966, which reflects membership as of 12/31/1965.

They are listed as having participated on two official numbered caravans:
  • 62 - Yucatan February 1969
  • O8 - Great Britain 1977
That European trip is still early enough that they may have still shipped Airstreams overseas for it rather than the later overseas caravans were they would fly over and rent RVs (typically class C motorhomes).

I find no record of the Shinns having participated on an official 1973 Caravan to Central America, so it must have been a trip on their own, or else club records are not complete. Here are the official caravans that went to that area in 1973:
  • 90 - Mexico Guatemala Winter 1973
  • 91 - Yucatan Winter 1973
In any case, please continue to share photos. It must be great to have such a rich family travel history!

AWESOME! Thank you Joe. I'm update my notes. I do have more photo's and some journal/logs that might clarify a few things. I'll have to dive back into this before *camping season* gears up for me!!! Louis was the Guadalajara unit president for a few years - and they traveled/resided there almost every year during the winter. I thought they shipped their trailer to England but my father thought they used the Brits. I'll have to look closer at those pics and see if I can pick-out some the WBCCI numbers.

I do have some very fond memories with them and their trailers. They surely loved the life. I think they spent ~9/months a year in their beloved Airstream(s). My grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer when they were in Mexico ~ 1986. He drove home to WV immediately and past away within a couple months. My grandmother, in perfect health, passed a week before him after a stroke while visiting him in the hospital. They were in their 70's, very young-at-heart and (otherwise) remarkably fit.

Recently I took my first real shower in my Silver Olive. It was drastically different than I recall from my baths my grandmother would draw for me when I stayed the night with - when I was 8-10 yrs old!

Laura
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:10 AM   #44
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What a nice peek and reminder of a different era. Even if we were alive when some of the photos of our relatives were taken, we don't always have a real perspective of the time- as we were just living it. I've got a trailer that's quite a bit older than I am, and I'm always trying to imagine what it would have been like during that time period. Probably to the annoyance of some of my friends and family, I will ask about things from that time.

I think it's so great that you have a family connection to Airstreaming. I have a connection to camping, both tent and rv, in my family, as well as boating, so it's in the blood! But what fun to have albums and journals of their experiences!
Priceless!!

previously, you mentioned the badges. They could be displayed in frames, perhaps, maybe shadowboxed with copied photos of your grandparents (with archival ink and UV protective glass). You could have a virtual memory box on the wall, so they can always travel with you in your Airstream!!

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Old 02-10-2011, 08:25 AM   #45
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...previously, you mentioned the badges. They could be displayed in frames, perhaps, maybe shadowboxed with copied photos of your grandparents (with archival ink and UV protective glass). You could have a virtual memory box on the wall, so they can always travel with you in your Airstream!!

Rae

I've been trying to come up with a good display and just keep laying it to the side. I so wish I had their berets - and could choke my mom for selling everything. Someone, somewhere has their last trailer with everything inside (or has deposited it in a landfill). Maybe someday I'll have to courage to look for it.... Laura
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Wow, I just discovered this posting! So glad you have those pictures and are sharing them with us. Your memories are so rewarding as you travel in your silver. Thank you so very much for sharing your rich heritage with us.
Our granddaughter traveled with us some (before she aged and earning a living got in the way) and we were all happy about it! Silver hugs!
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