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Old 04-11-2012, 09:50 AM   #15
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The iconic American diet, ca. 1962:

Caffeine, nicotine, fat & sugar.

And highballs at five.

Compared to the pill-addicted, obese and gadget-obsessed of today one might argue the above was better. Certainly more fun. You'll note we've not won any wars or become any richer as a nation since then. Quite the opposite in fact. When "nostalgia" is a predominant theme things have taken a desperate turn.

That said, I've enjoyed cast iron and hammered aluminum pieces as they seem to be as permanent as a good trailer or a Cummins diesel.



And the superior cast iron cookware is GRISWOLD.

I would say that as to "iconic" that a ZIPPO lighter is mandatory. Refillable, lifetime guarantee and always a need for a fire starter with an RV.

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Old 04-11-2012, 09:52 AM   #16
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:03 AM   #17
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Revere Ware

I'm using Revere Ware cookware inherited from family members and bought off eBay for the day to day kitchen stuff in our Airstream. I even have the coffee percolator my mom bought back in 1950.

Very durable. Lighter than cast iron (which works better over a campfire than in a kitchen most of the time IMHO). Nests into itself to store in a minimum of space.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:19 AM   #18
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Lots of good ideas. We did get a melamine set. I will have to look where it was made.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:07 PM   #19
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Not Something I Really "Use" But I Like to Watch it Fly Around the FAN....

..... the iconic DC-3, the airplane that taught the world how to fly.



The Grand Old Lady - Douglas DC-3/C-47 (Part 1) - YouTube
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:24 PM   #20
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Tarheel1972 started a thread last year about grills. He had a PKGrill that was made out of cast aluminum from I believe the 50's. Perfect companion to an Airstream. I did some research and actually contacted the company about his pic on here and would they want his or other pics for advertising. They responded favorably and I passed on the email from PK to him. Never followed up to see if he sent them pics they could use.... However, the material and mnufacture is iconic in the sense you are talking about so one of their grills might be a great addition.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:00 PM   #21
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I forgot about another iconic American product, though the weaver's nation predates the USA. We have two small Navajo rugs in the trailer. One goes over the seat back and one is on the cabinet we added. The one on the cabinet is really small and isn't in the photo. You only see part of the other one because I was taking photo of the cabinet. Best I could do.

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Tarheel1972 started a thread last year about grills. He had a PKGrill that was made out of cast aluminum from I believe the 50's. Perfect companion to an Airstream. I did some research and actually contacted the company about his pic on here and would they want his or other pics for advertising. They responded favorably and I passed on the email from PK to him. Never followed up to see if he sent them pics they could use.... However, the material and mnufacture is iconic in the sense you are talking about so one of their grills might be a great addition.
I have one. 57-years young. Lives in a crate at the front of the truck bed. Slide it in and out as needed.

PK Portable Kitchen

If one thinks of it as an outdoor oven that runs on charcoal and that can be used to grill the range of ability is more evident.

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Iconic America Products for Airstreams

When I first purchased my Overlander in 1995, I began amassing period pieces to accessorize its interior. Many of these pieces were American-Made icons from companies many of which are still in business. Some of my favorite pieces include:


The set that I carry in my Overlander is very nearly identical to the above, but it was produced in the early 1940s. A similar set that I carry in my Minuet dates to the late 1940s, and I inherited both sets from members of my family during the 1980s.

I also have a few unique or unusual pieces that I purchased just for the Airstream:



I purchased a Revere Ware drip coffee maker for the Overlander from an antique store in Colorado about ten years ago . . . the first drip coffee maker from Revere Ware that I had seen up until that time.



I carry a standard Revere Ware stove-top Percolator in the Minuet . . . I inherited one of these with each set of my Revere Ware . . . it seems to be the more common of the two Revere Ware stovetop coffee makers.



The compact Revere Ware Double-Boiler is one of my favorite cooking accessories and I have one for each of my coaches as well as two that I use at home one a near daily basis.



The Kromex Kitchen Paper Dispenser was on my "wish" list for a number of years for my Overlander. A friend who is also a Forums member listed one in her antique shop, and I purchased it about two years ago . . . it now occupies an honored spot in my Overlander. The US company that made these has been out of business for several years . . . but to me, it is a classic Airstreaming accessory.




I carry Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Ovens similar to the above in both of my coaches . . . one of my favorite dishes to prepare for camping potlucks is Bonfire Baked Beans and a dutch oven is a requirement for that dish.



I also carry a Lodge cornstick cornbread pan in each of my coaches. I utilize these pans in the oven as well as on the baking rack in my Napoleon Grill.




I like to carry the Lodge Griddle as an accessory to my Napoleon Grill . . . makes for easy breakfast on either my Napoleon portable LP grill or it also works well on most campground grills as well.



KitchenAid A-9 Coffee Grinders have found homes in each of my coaches. The grinder can be adjusted for multiple degrees of fineness so I have utilized for mine for coffee as well as spices.



My paternal grandmother gave me her Lincoln Beauty-Ware cannister set when she moved into a small apartment. These have become a staple of the interior decor of my Overlander. They are marked Made-in-USA, but I have not been able to learn a great deal about the company other than they were active just before, through and after World War II.

It has been an interesting scavenger hunt finding bits and pieces of Americana to accessories both the Overlander and Minuet.

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I also have a KROMEX set. (Cleans up better than in this image)




Now the paper dispenser is on the list. Good thing the kitchen counter is 8' long, ha!

And both my grandparents & parents had REVEREWARE (as will I this year) in their respective Streamline and Silver Streak trailers.

The double-stack coffee maker is mandatory in a TT in my view: the hiss of propane, the drip of the coffee is the sound and smell of morning whilst living aboard.

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I forgot about another iconic American product, though the weaver's nation predates the USA. We have two small Navajo rugs in the trailer. One goes over the seat back and one is on the cabinet we added. The one on the cabinet is really small and isn't in the photo. You only see part of the other one because I was taking photo of the cabinet. Best I could do.

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Gene, that cabinet is a great idea. I do not need all that lounge space; what I really need is a place for books. So, am going to hunt for a similar cabinet that will fit in the same place.

Thanks for the idea!
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:27 PM   #26
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How about a Zenith 500 Transoceanic radio? Tube-type, none of yer transistors!

There were plenty of them made back in the day, and good examples are frequently on ebaY in working condition...

In fact, battery-operated radios were common up until just after WWII. More people live on farms then, and electrification programs for farms didn't really get going in a big way till after the war.
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Danner boots

Items don't have to be olk. Just useful. And still made in the USA
Danner Boots are you listening.Are Hudsons Bay products made as well as they used to be?
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Corelle dishware! Made in Corning, NY! I bought a used vintage set off of EBay for $40 dollars. They are super light-weight and durable. They stack tightly together. Perfect for camping and AS storage.

I got the green Crazy Daisy pattern
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