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Old 07-27-2010, 10:52 PM   #15
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Sad outcome for a rare for the time tandem axle Cruiser. I would guess that the battery box on the front and the Jalousie window were added at a later time. It would be cool to restore, but a WHOLE LOTTA WORK. And money. I hate to see any old Airstream be divvied up for parts or scrap metal, but this one might be close to the line.

"WN" is not the official state abbreviation for Wisconsin, "WI" is. Of course the official state abbreviation for Washington is "WA".

According to Wikipedia, state abbreviations were not standardized until 1987 and "WN" is an alternate abbreviation for Washington as defined by the U.S. Coast Guard: List of U.S. state abbreviations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I can't prove it, but I think that trailer has spent the majority of it's life in Washington state and likely belonged to Alspaugh's, meaning that it was NOT on the 1957 Mexican caravan.
This tandem axle Cruiser is rare and should be saved, just like my double door Liner. Luckily, there are some cabinets inside and it is not just a shell, like mine.

It takes a special owner and a lot of patience and money.

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Old 07-27-2010, 11:04 PM   #16
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WN was briefly used for Washington State before the state officially adopted WA. Our 63 plate restored...
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:11 AM   #17
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I would like to add a factoid I learned from Pee Wee. In the early days before the Club called the WBCC was formed, numbers were assigned with each caravan. The number 1 was always Mr. Byam, number 2 was always Mrs. Schwamborn, and all the rest were assigned to whom ever they fell to in the caravan ranks. It was not until a club was formed that the numbers were assigned to individual members and were theirs to keep. This may be why multiple people had the same number and also why in the early registers some of the numbers appear to have gone on so many consecutive caravans.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:57 AM   #18
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I would like to add a factoid I learned from Pee Wee. In the early days before the Club called the WBCC was formed, numbers were assigned with each caravan. The number 1 was always Mr. Byam, number 2 was always Mrs. Schwamborn, and all the rest were assigned to whom ever they fell to in the caravan ranks. It was not until a club was formed that the numbers were assigned to individual members and were theirs to keep. This may be why multiple people had the same number and also why in the early registers some of the numbers appear to have gone on so many consecutive caravans.
This is absolutely true, and duplicate numbers were also common.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:24 PM   #19
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I would like to add a factoid I learned from Pee Wee. In the early days before the Club called the WBCC was formed, numbers were assigned with each caravan. The number 1 was always Mr. Byam, number 2 was always Mrs. Schwamborn, and all the rest were assigned to whom ever they fell to in the caravan ranks. It was not until a club was formed that the numbers were assigned to individual members and were theirs to keep. This may be why multiple people had the same number and also why in the early registers some of the numbers appear to have gone on so many consecutive caravans.
Not quite true. The numbers were reused for all of the first 6 caravans or so, and Wally was always #1, but the first caravan that Helen Byam Schwamborn was on was Caravan #6 - Eastern Canada 1955, which was the caravan during which the Wally Byam Caravan Club was formed. So there were actually up to five other #2's before Hellen Byam Schwamborn.

The first Wally Byam's Caravanners Directory from 1955 lists the following people for #2:
- Leila North of Los Angeles, CA for Caravan #1
- John Hall of Los Angeles, CA for Caravan #3
- Helen & Peewee Schwamborn of Bakersfield, CA for caravan #6

It does not list #2 for caravans 2, 4, or 5. Perhaps those people did not chose to be listed.

By 1960, only Helen and Dale (Peewee) were listed for #2. (Peewee was a guest in Wally's trailer on the first caravan, so he did not have #2 for that one.)

Some numbers are listed for at least 4 different people in the 1955 membership directory. The cases of shared numbers decreased in later years, until the last case of two members sharing their original numbers was for #58, which was shared by the original assignees through 1980!
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#75 Airstream

My grandfather was T.O. Mccoye, he did own a airstream with the # 75 on it. I do not think this is the same one. His was a older model, because he went on a caravan to Mexico in 1954, as documented in a 1954 Look magazine. Also i think it was destroyed in a fire in Malibu in 1983.
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My grandfather was T.O. Mccoye, he did own a airstream with the # 75 on it. I do not think this is the same one. His was a older model, because he went on a caravan to Mexico in 1954, as documented in a 1954 Look magazine. Also i think it was destroyed in a fire in Malibu in 1983.
Brad,
Sorry to hear about the fate of your grandfather's Airstream, that must have been a big disappointment, but I must say it is always great to hear from the family that owned old Airstreams. Caravan #3 that I mentioned earlier was Mexico East Coast Winter 1954, so that concurs with your statement that your grandfather took his Airstream to Mexico in 1954! As you noted, that Airstream would have been older than the one in the photos above. Do you have any old photos you could post?

In any case, thanks for stopping by and providing a little clarity to who may have owned the old Airstream in the photos above!
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