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Old 04-23-2008, 08:19 PM   #1
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Painting name on vintage Airstream

When I was a youngster in the 50's and early 60's, Airstream owners painted their name and address on the front corner of their trailers.

Back in the day, they were painted on by a sign painter. Today, they could be laser cut by a vinyl sign shop.

I am really thinking about recreating this old-time Wally Byam custom and putting: "The BRUMBACK's
Mike & Mary
Anderson, Indiana"

Have any others reinstituted this vintage custom?

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Old 04-23-2008, 09:07 PM   #2
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Mike----Gives it the retro look. We have the same info on a sign board that is suction cupped to the inside of a window.


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Old 04-23-2008, 09:49 PM   #3
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My Airstream has the shadow of a "Lloyd Sumner" on it, the seal of the state of Ohio underneath. I almost don't want to polish it off.

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Old 04-23-2008, 10:23 PM   #4
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I like the idea!
We pride ourselves on not being like SOB's
and reto is just so cool.

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Old 04-23-2008, 10:25 PM   #5
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I love the photo Mike!

If I could get a sign that looked as sharp as your parent's I think I'd do it.
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:36 AM   #6
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You still can get a sign painter to do this. Most of them would probably like to do it, just call around, and take the trailer, and the photo, and show them what you want. Maybe a shot of clear over it to slow the fading process...
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:41 AM   #7
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What an awesome picture! Is that you holding the x-mas sign? Priceless

Do it in vinyl, if you don't like the look peel it off. I layout signage myself in Adobe In-Design and give it to my vinyl cutter that way I know that I'm getting exactly what I want. I love the mix of different fonts, sizes and colors on your parent's TT.

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Old 04-24-2008, 06:45 AM   #8
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Hi Mike,

Mine still has the names of the original owners, their children, the city in Florida they like to go to and palm trees painted on it. The lettering is similar to the lettering in your photo. I plan on preserving it after polishing.
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:23 AM   #9
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Great picture! Thanx for sharing. I think that I would like to do something like that on Lucy.

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Old 04-24-2008, 07:36 AM   #10
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Ours still has the ghost of the original owners The Housley's, Detriot Michigan. It was done in a very cool script.
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:43 AM   #11
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My first thought goes to advertising my empty home. If I'm in my TT, no matter where I am, I'm advertising that my home is sitting there, probably, empty. In today's world, I'd be very concerned about that! Especially living near any kind of metropolitan area. I've not seen any studies on how far "breaking & entering" artists would drive to find an empty house, but I wouldn't want to trust to luck that they wouldn't travel to mine.

I love the idea and my wife and I have discussed putting such info on ours, but I think I would put a trailer name only on the TT - just like folks do with their boats. It is a different world that we live in today as compared with the world when Wally and his group travelled around it.
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:47 AM   #12
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What a great idea - we gotta find a sign-painter!
If I did it myself, it would probably resemble a Dali!
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I love it! Now I think I would like to do this as well. Only, we are not "married" so we wuld need a lot of room for our two last names... not as cool. Any ideas? I would love to do this on a vintage AS.

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