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Old 03-17-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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Here are some pictures I scanned from one of my Mothers photo albums I think they are from the late 50s. My grandfather pulled a small Airstream to the Florida Keys and lived in it while he was building a vacation home on Duck or Grassy Key I can't remember witch one it was. When I mean he built it I mean built it with his own two hands. He was a very talented guy and could pretty much do anything with his hands. I miss him. I also have a picture of me from Sept of 1965 with a trailer in the background but I do not think it’s the same one. I guess I know where I get my love of the vintage trailers from. My Mother and I had a great time looking through the albums today I brought back some great memory’s for her.
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Those are some really cool pictures! We vacation on Grassy Key or Conch Key for a week in January. Wish I caught a fish that big! Nice tarpon!! Even nicer trailer!
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Nice photos. I am a hands no guy with quite a bit of building experience, but I tell everybody that I am a real jack leg, compared to my grandparents generation in terms of skill level.

My grandfather was a builder also. I would love to see a photo of the vacation home that your grandfather built!

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:13 PM   #4
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Those are some really cool pictures! We vacation on Grassy Key or Conch Key for a week in January. Wish I caught a fish that big! Nice tarpon!! Even nicer trailer!
I was able to go visit him a few times in the Keys when I was in grade school and Once in College. He had a house on Conch Key for years untill they were not able to make the trip any more.
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Was his house on the Gulf side of Conch Key? I'm pretty sure that all the places on the oceanside are trailers. They formed an association there & bought their land. If they take down their trailer, they have to rebuild on stilts now. I love, love, love Conch Key! We weren't able to rent the place that we rented for a couple of years & went to Grassy Key this year. That was nice too, but Conch Key is like 1960 yet! (the year I was born!)
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Was his house on the Gulf side of Conch Key? I'm pretty sure that all the places on the oceanside are trailers. They formed an association there & bought their land. If they take down their trailer, they have to rebuild on stilts now. I love, love, love Conch Key! We weren't able to rent the place that we rented for a couple of years & went to Grassy Key this year. That was nice too, but Conch Key is like 1960 yet! (the year I was born!)
I guess I should have said a trailer not a house. It was on the inside of the little road that went around the island but I guess it would be more toward the gulf side of the island. If you turned on the island and stayed on the gulf side it was to your left. He sold it for way to cheap when he could not go anymore we where sick about it.
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Well, that's the side we stayed on & probably saw your Grandpa's place (or lot). Sometimes the old folks just do what they want to do & don't ask the family about it--it's all about their independence! You should go down for old time's sake. There are a couple of houses (modulars on stilts) that rent out on the key. It's quaint as can be there. Quiet, close to fishing, and boring....just like we like it! Sadly, no Airstreams allowed!
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Nice photos. I am a hands no guy with quite a bit of building experience, but I tell everybody that I am a real jack leg, compared to my grandparents generation in terms of skill level.

My grandfather was a builder also. I would love to see a photo of the vacation home that your grandfather built!

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He was not a builder but could do anything. He built it out of cement/cinder block and it was pretty small. The locals made fun of his design and material choice but some time later a very strong hurricane pretty much destroyed everything on the island but his little house was still standing.
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He had a chance to buy up 7 lots for 1200.00 each when he bought the lot to build his house. Can you imagine what those 8 lots would be worth today?
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If your grandfather had been a builder, he would have built it just like everyone else and it would not have survived the hurricanes. He chose to think outside the box and build it his way. This is how improvements are made to everything. I admire people like your grandfather. He was a progressive "thinking" builder to my mind.

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Cool Pics! The first two look to be of a 1953 Flying Cloud and the third one is a 1965 or newer as that was the first year without the door-in-a-door. Grandpa musta been pretty cool to have an Airstream way back then, even more so having had more than one!

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