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Old 09-09-2012, 04:07 PM   #15
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A Little Girl's Change Purse

Our first Airstream was a 1976 Safari, 23.
We found it in coastal N. Carolina when I retired from the USMC in 1996.
It had been used hard and not well cared for.
When my wive and I refurbished it,we removed all the built-in furniture, cabinets, partitions, and beds. in order to cover the entire floor with one piece, vinyl flooring.
Under one of the bunks I found a clue to its first adventure; a little's girl's change purse with a Bicentennial Half-Dollar 1776-1976, four pennies and a wadded up dollar bill.
So, we believe a couple purchased the Airstream in April 1976 and traveled with their little girl to Washington, DC for the Bicentennial Celebration.

As a footnote, though we repaired and replace everything else, the 16 inch Michelin tires looked so good, I just kept running them on two, separate great adventures from NC to NM. On the second great adventure, the first tire failed in Gallup, and a second failed in Shiprock. We limped into Farmington on three tires. The next day, the tire dealer interpreted the date of manufacture to have been in 1976.

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Old 09-09-2012, 07:00 PM   #16
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I would bet those tires were 86 since they were not stock and 76, 86, 96 all had the same date code for year 6.

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Old 09-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #17
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More Likely.

Originally Posted by Wazbro View Post
I would bet those tires were 86 since they were not stock and 76, 86, 96 all had the same date code for year 6.
I'll bet you are correct.
That's a much more plausible explanation, and it makes me just a tad less stupid.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #18
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Wow, great stories, kind of a version of “if these walls could talk..” I've found letters and newspapers inside the walls of old houses, but nothing like that in our Airstream. I also hadn't thought about our trailer's history going forward into the future, but that's a great idea, to add artifacts for future owners. I hope that the Globie finds another loving owner after we're.... where ever. In a renovation of our old house in Oakland, I left a tupperware container with photos and artifacts under the bathroom vanity I installed, as a time capsule. I think so far all I've left in the Globie are a bunch of screws and rivets that I've dropped into the belly pan area.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:26 AM   #19
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Dime, bow and PDX

my 1955 overlander was owned by a couple in Ontario Canada, has some old Canadian water decals on one window. But it had also been to Mexico on a safari in the early 60's so it has an odd running light on the side with 12 volt light bulbs made in Mexico. There was a card from an insurance company in Pasadena. A solid silver dime from 1960 which oddly enough I looked up and is worth $6-.
There were odd bed storage extensions added on top of the single beds they were like boxes that fit on top of the beds. I found a kids bow and arrow set from the 50's pushed way into the back of these odd home made storage boxes. There was a british made camping lamp in a cabinet and a full set of manuals for a 1964 globetrotter.
The strange thing about the manuals was it had an address and name of the globe trotter owners typed inside. They were two notable socialite sisters that lived in Portland OR. But the really strange thing was, I used to live in Portland in 1998 and their address was in the same block I lived in just around the corner in the Mount Tabor neighbourhood. Two houses away. Not sure why there was a globetrotter manual in an 1955 overlander but that is what I have found.
Oh ya and the obligatory dead mice.
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:44 AM   #20
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I found this in Wally Byam's X251 Bubble that he towed around Europe in 1954. It was wedged down deep between what little bit of original furniture remained, the dinette base and the wall. I have pondered it being lost by Stella on a rainy day. A puzzle never finished due to a missing piece...
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:50 AM   #21
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This wall plaque was left behind on our '57 Caravanner.

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Old 11-22-2012, 03:43 PM   #22
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Nice thread and surprised it's not as popular as I would have thought.
All I found was an old hand held marine radio (P.O. was in the Navy through WW2, Korea and Vietnam). In the wheel well curbside toilet area.
And at least a cup of maple syrup that had spilled behind the sink all over the wheel well. street side...yuk. Along with a cutting board down there also.
I'm going to make sure I leave a "little surprise" hidden somewhere for some future owner.
This should become a tradition/feature of all Air Streams. (to leave a little momento)....after all they seem to last for ever.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:04 PM   #23
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My first AS former owner was monk. He spent his retirement years in FLA in it. He left it to his brother and it sat for ten years before I got it. It was full of monk junk. I got his fishing poles his dishes and other stuff. But the best things was his bible and his bible on tapes. Kinda funny for a jew to end up with a monks Airstream.

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Old 05-28-2015, 07:34 PM   #24
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I found some maps Of Michigan and upon ripping out the carpet lots of white sand. Also a pair of men's underwear. Not to clean I must say. ��
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Old 06-09-2015, 09:07 AM   #25
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The strangest thing that I found in my 63 Ambassador while replacing the sub floor was a 12 gauge shot gun shell used to plug a hole in the floor. It was a live round with the brass end pointing up. The end was tarnished and I didn't recognize what it was until I pulled the sheet of plywood up. Kind of crazy!
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:11 AM   #26
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My Streamline was used as a Campground office. On a hidden little spot, in the back of the trailer, I found some little numbers. I figure it was the combo to the safe. There are some holes in the floor and a rust spot that, I think, indicates where the safe was bolted to the floor.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:56 PM   #27
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In my Safari I found a dog collar with a pet license tag from Jackson Hole, two steak knives, and a pencil with "2000 US Census" written on it. All were behind the drawers inside the kitchen cabinets.
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:49 PM   #28
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I got my '78 Sovereign from a nice couple in Saskatchewan about a month ago now. The owner had bought it years ago and taken his wife and 4 kids on a 6 month trip from Canada all the way to Mexico and back.Found a Marilyn Manson CD under the couch, and a Cleo Laine 8-track under one of the under-seat storage bins when I took them out to clean.Also found a couple of old student ID cards from 1996, some nail polish and lip gloss, and 7 Paseos. Story checks out!

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