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Old 04-10-2010, 04:01 AM   #21
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Any plans for some of the other books?

No plans at this time, but that could change. What other book titles would you like to see?

I would like to see Thank You Marco Polo re printed.
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:02 AM   #22
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I would like to see Thank You Marco Polo re printed.
That's a good book. It was written by MacGregor Smith, Jr, and published in 1966. Under current copyright laws in the US, it is automatically copyrighted until 2061.

That means some research has to be done to find out who owns the book's copyright. If no living person remains, it is "orphaned," which makes reprinting practically impossible because you've got no one to ask for permission.

If a living person exists who will give permission for reprinting (with no royalty), then you've jumped one hurdle on the way to a reprint. Now you're free to start scanning, editing, etc. ... and the real work begins.

Maybe in a few years we'll track down Mr Smith's descendents and Lille B Douglass' descendents ("Cape Town To Cairo") and do another volume of those two. But you'll have to be patient!

In the meantime, we've got 279 pages of Wally to enjoy!
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Rich, If you are going to pursue either my clear choice is Thank You Marco Polo. It is an excellent read. I ordered my copy of the current offerings, and will wait very patiently. I wanted to say thank you for enriching my Airstream life and everyone else's with putting these two books out.
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Thank you!!

Rich, Just this week I tried to get Fifth Avenue by interlibrary loan... my local library tracked only TWO COPIES.... and both lending libraries said NO! they would not loan their copy.

So, great timing!! I can own both books for almost the postage of borrowing them--- that is if they had been available.

THANKS SO MUCH!!
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Hmmm...I pulled out my "original" copies, I'm curious...the reprinted copy is 279 pages...but my 1960 hardback copy of Trailer Travel, Here and Abroad is 303 pages counting the Appendix.

Also, I've been told there are two different editions of Fifth Avenue On Wheels. I have one, it's an original 1949 (signed by Wally) copy, which is a thin stapled paperback and is 44 pages long. I believe there is a later published "real" book that has the same name that was more in depth, longer and hard bound. I'm curious as to which was used for the reprint - also how the number of pages varies.

Can't wait to get my new one to compare...cool!

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... Also, I've been told there are two different editions of Fifth Avenue On Wheels. I have one, it's an original 1949 (signed by Wally) copy, which is a thin stapled paperback and is 44 pages long. I believe there is a later published "real" book that has the same name that was more in depth, longer and hard bound. I'm curious as to which was used for the reprint - also how the number of pages varies. Can't wait to get my new one to compare...cool!Shari
Hi Shari:

My original Fifth Avenue on Wheels is the third revised printing dated 1953. Its still a paperback. It was published by Cambridge Press in Los Angeles and has 124 pages from Chapter 1 (Trailers and Such) to Chapter 31 (Costa Rica). It's wonderful these two Wally books are being republished. Thank you Rich and Forrest!
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The difference in page count is because the books were completely re-set in new type and page size. Our reprint is 8.5" x 11", which is quite a bit larger than the originals. Again, this was to reduce page count so the books would be as affordable as possible. Not a single word has been omitted (unless we made a mistake!)

We reprinted Fifth Avenue On Wheels from the longer 1953 edition that 47WeeWind refers to, rather than the shorter 1949 edition that InsideOut has. (BTW, signed by Wally? Very cool!) So we do have the Chapter 31 on Costa Rica.

In the reprint, Fifth Avenue On Wheels runs 84 pages, and Trailer Travel Here & Abroad runs about 190 pages. Add that to the new Forewords and miscellany and you end up with 279 pages of Wally bliss!
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Thanks Rich...I wondered if it was something like that making it fewer, larger pages.

Cool, now I can read the later version of 5th Ave...w/o having to fork out the big bucks like I did for the 1st edition! The 1949 version is very interesting, it was written before a lot of the conveniences like refrigerators and stoves were the norm - it is kinda like a "How To" book that would be appropriate for Fred's '47 WeeWind. It's amazing how many changes were implemented over the next couple of years.

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Could Shari's book be republished? 44 pages should be easy to scan. I want to read about how old school Airstreaming was done...
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Just ordered mine! And a few other goodies..
Does anyone know what back issues of Airstream Life feature the 50's Overlanders? I'd love to see more! Mine still has the interior but it would be inspirational to read about.

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We've never done an article in Airstream Life specifically on 1950s Overlanders, but in a future issue Fred Coldwell will be doing a big piece on 1950s trailers in general. This may be split over two issues depending on how Fred chooses to divide the eras.

Thanks for all the support about the books. Our small initial shipment is arriving today but is entirely sold out. They'll be shipped today or tomorrow.

I'm placing another order today and expect more books in about 7-10 days. Those of you who have bought copies in the past few days, please be patient -- we'll get 'em to you as soon as possible.
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The first sample books finally arrived from our printer! They look good, so I've shipped them out today to the first folks who placed orders. More books will ship on Friday 4/16, and we should be able to take care of everyone who has ordered so far, by 4/23.

Thanks for such an enthusiastic response. It's good to know that Wally's original works will reach a new generation of readers!
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Got mine today!

Looks great...thanks again to all those that took the effort towards this endeavor!

Rich Forrest & Dale

"Atta-Boys" all around!!!

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I ordered one.
Our library got us a loaner copy of "The Long, Long trailer". We enjoyed reading it. I thought it was fiction, but the ending made me think it was.......
What pioneers these folks were.
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I received my copy in the mail today. It looks fantastic and I appreciate the easy to read size of the fonts. I've already put my name inside the front cover, I want it insure it gets returned to me if another Airstreamer borrows it!
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Yeah, smart move to write your name in it. I've already lost my only copy. I made the mistake of showing it to another Airstreamer while we were camping this weekend ... !
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I have been frequently checking the mailbox. I can't wait for mine to arrive. The Georgia library system has a couple of copies of The Long, Long Trailer. It was a great read and is back in the system for those of you in Georgia!
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If you don't want to wait to get "The Long, Long Trailer", go here and read the thread--- it gives a link to a FREE download of the entire book. I highly recommend the book. It was a wonderful read.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...iss-45149.html
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I'm glad I noticed this thread. I have a copy of Trailer Life... but not Fifth Avenue... This will be a great addition to our list of trailercana reading material.

I'm also interested in the download mentioned below but I did not find the link in the thread. What am I missing? If the download link is still there please refer to a specific post.
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Congratulations. It is a wonderful feeling to finish a book project. Nothing quite like it. Beats climbing a mountain -- and it's much harder!.

We've been wondering what would could possibly do to thank some very special people that have been a tremendous help as we've started our Airstream journey over the past few months. The new book seems the perfect gift/token of appreciation. We just ordered a copy for each of them. Thanks.
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