View Poll Results: Which of these news items would you most like to see posted on the forum?
Mexico Caravan Instructions 6 23.08%
Eastern Canada Caravan 7 26.92%
Palm Springs Rally (with photos) 8 30.77%
Wally Byam Caravan Club News 10 38.46%
Oregon Trail Caravan 7 26.92%
What to Take on a Foreign Caravan 3 11.54%
Centerfold 4 15.38%
No more - my brain is molding from all the ancient news 2 7.69%
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Old 04-04-2004, 12:54 PM   #1
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Poll - "vintage" news articles

I've posted most of the short clips from our copy of The Caravanner. The paper is only eight pages, but it is packed full of news (no full page ads!) in fine print.

There are some remaining articles of interest, each of which is several columns. Since they are long and cumbersome to post, I don't want to post all of them.

I'm trying my first poll to see which two or three articles folks are most interested in seeing. Please weigh in if you have a preference!
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Old 04-04-2004, 01:12 PM   #2
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I wanna see 'em all...

even if you can only post one every couple of weeks! But then, I have a problem...my name is Shari and I'm a "vintage junkie"...

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I wonder if Helen Byam Schwamborn, the editor, was Wally's daughter?

Is she still living?

And was the Bakersfield Calif. address hers or Wally's?

Did this publication become the Blue Beret?
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Shari and I are in the same recovery group. We're not recovering, mind you, we are just recoverers of vintage stuff. We recover it where ever we can

I vote for posting them all whenever its convenient for you. I sure enjoy reading them and imagining their adventures.

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I've posted most of the short clips from our copy of The Caravanner. The paper is only eight pages, but it is packed full of news (no full page ads!) in fine print.

There are some remaining articles of interest, each of which is several columns. Since they are long and cumbersome to post, I don't want to post all of them.

I'm trying my first poll to see which two or three articles folks are most interested in seeing. Please weigh in if you have a preference!
Why not do 'em all? On one thread, titled The Caravanner, 1957.
Post all items from it, and then close the thread. Everyone can see them, and the thread won't get clogged with replies.
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Is she (Helen Byam Schwamborn) still living?
She is listed in the 2004 WBCCI Membership Directory, her membership number is #02 and her list of caravans is quite impressive.


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And was the Bakersfield Calif. address hers or Wally's?
I assume, hers...it appears to be the same now as in '57

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put my vote in with argosy 20!
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It would be nice to know what major (RVing) issues they faced then as do we now.
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Helen Byam Schwamborn

Wally Byam had no children. Helen is in her late nineties, still living (at last report) in Bakersfield, California, and is a relative of Wally (a cousin I think, but not sure). She was a contemporary of Wally and is the other woman posing with Stella Byam (Wally's wife) in bathing suits next to one of his early masonite trailers. She has an impressive resume to say the least, and has WBCCI membership #2.
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Thanks all for the feedback so far.

For Shari and FF:
A friend in my vintage anonymous group shared this with me, and I found it helpful. Maybe you will, too!

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Thumbs up Thanks!

Glad to know we're in good company ~

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I vote to see them all too! I've really been enjoying the things you've posted so far! Sounds like that Caravanner is quite a find. Can't wait to see more...
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Does anyone know if the Ohio facility has copies of these Caravanners? Be great to get them posted to share as well.

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Thanks for the history about Helen Byam Schwanborn. I had assumed, along with others, that she was a daughter. When will I learn not to assume anything?
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