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Old 04-28-2012, 08:56 AM   #57
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American Icons...

We have Westinghouse "Ovation" pattern Melamine Dinnerware in both Aqua and Pink. Found loads of it in antique shops over the years and on eBay. They made other colors (White, Blue and Yellow) but we left those for others to get for their trailers. Best part of coarse.... Made in the USA! Plates, saucers, cups & cup saucers, sugar & creamer all lightweight and travel proof! We have ThermoServe mugs, glasses and bowls which are also American made and lightweight as well as tough enough to bounce around when traveling. They are in Raffiaware (looks like weaved burlap) w/multi colored edge rings and add a punch of color to the interior even when just stored in the overhead lockers. We also have Oneida "Community" Stainless silverware in the Atomic Star pattern. All Iconic like our Airstream. We love them all! Ed
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:54 PM   #58
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Don't leave home without it!

Even the regular green Amex card gives you double the warrantee on many items you buy...



Made in USA.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:48 PM   #59
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Eames Lamps

Was at a large garage sale today and saw tow floor lamps that I thought would be useful for under the awning. I picked one up and noticed the base was heavily weighted,covered in brass with a leveling hexagon and brass shades. Hummmm me thinks. I bought them for 10 bucks apeice brought them home and looked under the bases and sure enough they were stamped "Eames". Very 50's American furniture and accesory company. I won't be using them under the awning tho.

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Old 04-30-2012, 01:27 PM   #60
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What a steal! Way to go.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:44 AM   #61
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roseville and other vintage items

We are slowly furnishing our AS with some vintage items as we find them. DH bought a vintage bakelite tube radio, (which works) and we found some bakelite flatware from the 40s? maybe that is still useable and cleans up nicely. Those crusty old vintage antique shops hidden in little towns can really pay off if you take time to look at the nooks and crannies.

We were looking for a small wide based vase too but did not find one. Then when we got home we realized I have a ton of great roseville vases that would be perfect. Even though its pottery, I plan to pack one up carefully and see if it will survive our 3 week trip coming up.

Lots of cool US made things you can find out there.
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:14 AM   #62
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Paula, those tubes in the bakelite radio are probably really delicate by now and bouncing in a trailer may not be good for them. It wasn't so good for them when they were new either. I think some replacement tubes are available, but not sure anymore as the last time I checked into tube replacement was about 10 years ago.

It'll look cool though and makes a nice decoration if you don't care whether it works.

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Old 05-14-2012, 10:15 AM   #63
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Yes, you are right, tubes are delicate. My DH is all over it. He is a former "tube guy"and probably has a bunch of replacement tubes. I think its more of a decorative piece than a functional one, and does add a vintage flair to the new AS.
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Can you share the conversion details?
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:50 AM   #66
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We try to use vintage products that actually do what you expect them to do. The original EKCO kitchen products fulfilled that task. Quality and durability were their trademark.

"About EKCO®
In 1888, Edward Katzinger founded a commercial baking pan company in Chicago, IL. It eventually became known as the EKCO® Housewares Co., and by the mid 1960’s it evolved as the country’s largest non-electric Housewares manufacturer."


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Old 12-02-2012, 03:15 PM   #67
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I love the old tension bottle stoppers.

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Old 12-02-2012, 04:10 PM   #68
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If I had a retro AS, the urge to outfit it with the retro classics would be stronger.

I like the modern/minimalism of the latter models. I think the addition of too much retro would frustrate the look. Just my personal preference, of course.

One funky "retro" thing I've added is a faux mink throw on the bed. Reminds me of martinis, blood-red lipstick and nails, a la 1950s. I like the Vegas lounge-lizard look. Am on the hunt for a few pieces to add to the FaN.

Not a lot.....
just a little, to make it interesting.
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Can you share the conversion details?
It was easy and I think most anyone could do it. I bought candelabra replacement bases and attached them to the gas tubes. Shorten both as much as possible. Then wire it up. Run the wiring out of the top vent of the lantern. I used Led bulbs.
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It was easy and I think most anyone could do it. I bought candelabra replacement bases and attached them to the gas tubes. Shorten both as much as possible. Then wire it up. Run the wiring out of the top vent of the lantern. I used Led bulbs.
While certainly a sustainable conversion and solution the final configuration will likely never get UL approval. Now I just have to find the old Coleman lantern in Mom's basement.

On another note if you are ever in Wichita, KS with an hour or two to kill check out the Coleman museum and outlet. Very interesting origins for this company.
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