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Old 03-05-2016, 01:29 PM   #15
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Hi Ken,

What a great find! Great looking too from your "after" pix .... back to "as new" look!

That's also a great story write-up you've got, but based on you OP, I'll offer some story board suggestions from a graphic design perspective, having done innumerable presentations since the `70's as an Architect/Designer. Your pdf document is a great start, but I find the very large & bold text overwhelming to view, & takes away from the too few pix which are there.

I'm assuming that your storyboard(s) are for vintage trailer rallies & car shows, etc. - where you're trying to tell your story to a range of viewers - from the "quick look" visual "show me some pix" types, to the detail oriented who will want to read about every little detail.

So plan your display size on what you realistically think you can reasonably store, transport & put up on display - probably 1 - 4 boards of 24" x 36" to 36" x 48" sizes - depending on what's available to you locally (BTW - the all plastic boards will be more durable + waterproof, than the standard paper-faced "foam core" boards).

It may also be helpful to you for flexibility, to have it modular, such that you can tell the story with 1-2 board(s), or an expanded story with 3-4 when space at the event allows.

Next, plan on doing more pix than text, & bring the font size down on the text so it requires less room. Along those lines, think about editing down the text for the boards to the minimum to tell the overall story, then be free to write up an extended story which you can put into a nice 3-ring binder to leave put for the few super detail oriented readers - but still with lots of pix (put the pages 2-sided into plastic sleeves for longevity & to keep them clean.

Then print out pix & blocks of text & cut them out to play around with aesthetically pleasing layouts for the boards, then you can use 3M "Spraymount" or "Photomount" spray adhesive to adhere them in their final positions (they won't color change the pix nor fade/yellow) - rather than trying to compose it all digitally, because you need to see it at actual size & be able to step back & move around to different viewing angles, which you can't do on-screen.

Also, look at the boards while squinting to get unfocused form the details & pix themselves, & see the overall composition of the blocks for what looks good. Make the board(s) stand on their own as a graphic composition of blocks - as well as the best pix & text size for readability, but note that the detail types will come in close to read the text, while the pretty pix lookers will usually stand back 3-5' or more - so size both appropriately, & be careful not to have the text overwhelm the pix by being either too big nor too bold. Text being bold & big-ish size is okay, as long as it looks in balance with the pix & overall composition, but the relative size in your pdf is too big & too bold.

Your current font is pretty good for readability, but you may want to play around with some other Sans Serif "plain" fonts to see if you like the "look" better, &/or to match the period Airstream sales brochures' & print ads' fonts. You might want to look at "Microgramma" or one of it's cousins as a "Mid-Century Modern" era popular font, as well as "Helvetica" - both of which come in various standard, condensed & extended faces, as well as bold, demi-bold, etc. - as will many other fonts - so play around with them. For more choices, there are font software fairluy inexpensive at the computer & office supply stores for not too much, that work with most word processing software.

Our 1960 Avion T20 is #2 off the line of that model, so I plan to do some storyboards for it too, as well as a basic name plate with vinyl stick-on letters on a sheet of aluminum which can stay out on the A-frame/LP tanks in all weather - which you may want to do also. I'll be using red vinyl in a similar font to the big red Travelcade numbers for a "theme."

You probably know our Avion's P.O.'s - Guy & Terry Lagerway, their restorer Larry & our resto guy Uwe Salwender (his 30' AS got crashed by a balloon a few years back), from your ABQ Balloon Fest days!

We hope to make it back to one of the ABQ vintage events after we get our own TV here soon (the rentals won't allow us to go out of state, so we're currently looking for an `08-12 Porsche Cayenne S).

Cheers!
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Old 03-05-2016, 02:27 PM   #16
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Whoa - thanks for the suggestions ! This is my first pass, and I did it rather quick - so I'll look over your ideas and re-do when I do a final board.

Yes! Guy and Terry, Larry and Uwe are all friends - know them all well - and I know your trailer well - its a good one and I know Guy and Terri had a wonderful time and did some really nice work on that trailer. Wow #2 off the line is really cool! Bet they did not know that.. I still run the balloon fiesta rally -

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Spectacular!! Bravo to all !!
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:41 PM   #18
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When I bought the trailer one of the first things I did was polish it - I know that's a bit backwards - but it's way more fun to work on a pretty trailer - what appeared was ghost number 50 and the ghost caravan sticker - I thought hmmm low number - so then I got to searching around and all of a sudden I see this same trailer in lots of old pictures and further research found it belonged to Louis and Mildred Mousley - talked to Pee Wee about it and he knew them well and told me a lot about them - also did some internet research - also talked to Fred Colwell about it and he mentioned it's probably a more significant trailer than the African trailers because of who owned it and where it's been. Also because of the June 1957 National Geographic article. It's amazing where these trailers show up - in this case a storage barn in Amarillo Tx - I've owned it since 2012 and finally have it finished enough to take on the road - it's waaaay more fun being in a trailer than it is being underneath it - hopefully my back, knees and aluminum cuts on hands and legs will heal

You asked about the World Traveler - I've seen pictures of the their trailer - and just assumed it was a World Traveler because of the length and 2 axles - maybe you could tell me more about it -

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Can you still make out the #50? Faint ghosting would go a long way toward continuing to demonstrate the history of this trailer. Did you get or find anything in the trailer that ties it to the Mousley's other than third party photos? I have about 440 photos of the 1956 European Caravan and your trailer definitely shows up in several of them. Email me if you want to see some of them.

You may know this, but only a couple weeks before your announcement, your trailer showed up in a photo in the most recent WBCCI News & Views email newsletter leading the 1956 European Caravan, with Wally's white trailer right behind it.

Regarding the Mousley's Africa trailer, it is a mystery that I don't currently know much about, but would love to solve. I can account for all of the World Travelers built in Ohio except for one or two. There was one previously unknown California built WT that was discovered a few years ago. The Mousley's Africa trailer has significant differences from all known WTs. Maybe it is another undocumented but unique WT, maybe not. I was hoping you had some info about it
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Old 03-05-2016, 10:01 PM   #19
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Yes you can see the faint 50 very clear - I would love to see any pictures you might have - I do have the one I think it's in Belgum with Wally's white trailer behind it - I have had that picture a long time so it makes me think I may have pictures you do not - sorry to lead you astray on Mousleys African trailer - I suspect since he was so close to Wally and Airstream it was custom made for him - I am also aware of an early 60's Overlander that has his number so I suspect he did not keep the African trailer very long ? Or maybe he just had use of it for that trip - makes me wonder what barn that trailer is hiding in - I do plan a trip out to Ca to the Mousley museum and see if I can find anything else -


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A little history note

I've been meaning for some time to post an Airstream historical note that might be of interest to others. In the Photos tab of this forum, under Vintage/History Photos there is a picture of three gentlemen with an Airstream trailer. Two of the gentlemen are turned away from the camera looking at the third gentleman who is exiting the Airstream. The gentleman exiting the trailer is Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.
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Whoa - thanks for the suggestions ! This is my first pass, and I did it rather quick - so I'll look over your ideas and re-do when I do a final board.

Yes! Guy and Terry, Larry and Uwe are all friends - know them all well - and I know your trailer well - its a good one and I know Guy and Terri had a wonderful time and did some really nice work on that trailer. Wow #2 off the line is really cool! Bet they did not know that.. I still run the balloon fiesta rally -

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Hi Ken,

None of us knew it was #2 off the line, until a year-&-half after we bought from Guy & Terry, when I got my wife Jana that "Silver Beauties" CD from VTS, & it had the Avion factory serial numbers list. #1 was 1412, & ours/Guy & Terrie's is 1413. That & several "Bits" will get us a cup of coffee.

Uwe did a PPI for us when he went to the 2012 Resto Rally, since we didn't know much about trailers. He used to be a couple of miles from our house in Orange, & helped us in our search - well Jana did the searching, & helped me straighten out some wiring mysteries. He's up in the San Bernardino Mountains in Lytle Creek CA now, so not as convenient.

We've enjoyed the Avion since we got it from ABQ July 2013, doing 3-5 vintage rallies a year since then. We can do more after our time frees up more after retirement, & after we don't have to rent a TV.

We like the resto-mod they did, but will be putting the galley back to more original look with a Princess Stove & OE single bowl sink, & find a new spot for the microwave. I may add an LP heater as Guy planned to do eventually - & I may add a grey water tank, now that VTS sells those small AS 16 gal ones for between the rails, when I need to re-rivet those belly pans.

Hope to visit your Balloon Fest Rally at some point, & Larry's Vintage RV Park too - perhaps on our way to visit our son if he's still posted at Ft. Carson CO (Colo. Springs).

Say Hi to Guy & Terri & Larry for us, when you see them next. We hope Guy & Terri's health is doing well now.

Best!
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Yes you can see the faint 50 very clear - I would love to see any pictures you might have - I do have the one I think it's in Belgum with Wally's white trailer behind it - I have had that picture a long time so it makes me think I may have pictures you do not - sorry to lead you astray on Mousleys African trailer - I suspect since he was so close to Wally and Airstream it was custom made for him - I am also aware of an early 60's Overlander that has his number so I suspect he did not keep the African trailer very long ? Or maybe he just had use of it for that trip - makes me wonder what barn that trailer is hiding in - I do plan a trip out to Ca to the Mousley museum and see if I can find anything else -


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I suspect the Mousley's Africa Airstream was a custom. In fact it was one of two 22' Tandems on that caravan that do not have the window configuration that was common to the World Travelers, and I am pretty sure it was built in California from various details, but at a time that custom trailers were rarely built in Cali. The Ohio factory had more space to build customs, so most were built there. Regarding replacing it shortly after the Africa caravan, that seems likely because most of the Airstreams were extremely beat up. Only 4 Africa Caravan Airstreams are still known to exist and I have heard that at least one was traded back to Airstream for a new trailer after the caravan ended. I cannot speculate if Wally or Airstream might have "loaned" the trailer to the Mousley's for the trip. That happened for official paid staff on the Around the World Caravan, but I have not heard of that during the Africa Caravan.

The other Africa custom 22' tandem was built in Ohio as best I can tell and is different from the Mousely's trailer. That one was also owned by another famous Airstreaming couple that went on several caravans with Wally Byam: Joe & Lydia (Toots) Bos, from Marshaltown, Iowa. I know nothing more about it than about the Mousely's trailer. But since I cannot account for one or two of the Ohio built WT's, I suppose there is a chance it could be a WT custom and one of the unknown WTs known to have been built.

Serial numbers for the Africa custom 22' tandems might help decipher the mystery a little, but I don't them.

Now back to your trailer. I will respond to your PM via email shortly.
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Thank you for sharing your trailers Ken J and '55 Airlight. I'm glad these trailers were found by you. Some unknowing people would have scraped them...which would've been unfortunate. Good job to both of you.
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Ken,
In one of the pictures in the June 1957 article (pg 800), it showed some printing on the panel in fron of the door. Was any of that shadowed into the skin?

What a great find!
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In one of the pictures in the June 1957 article (pg 800), it showed some printing on the panel in fron of the door. Was any of that shadowed into the skin?

What a great find!
I emailed Ken some photos from the 1956 European Caravan that partially showed the Mousley's names, Hometown, and listings for a Canada and European caravan on the front curbside corner. I wonder if he will be able to match that up with ghost images on the trailer now.

I assume the Canada reference would be to Caravan 4 - Western Canada - Summer 1954, the first they are recorded as having participated on, and one that they would have had to use a trailer earlier than their 1956 Flying Cloud. The Europe reference would obviously be for Caravan 8 - Europe - Six Months 1956. It was typical back then to list all caravans taken by the owners on their Airstream, not necessarily just the ones the specific trailer was on. Wally himself certainly did this.
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Richard - yes I can see there was writing on that panel but the ghost is not a clear as the number 50 and the caravan sticker over the WBCCI number.

Thank you soo much to Joe for sending me those pictures - they are photos I did not have before - very cool.

I've attached a picture of Louis and Mildred - Louis is the tall one messing with his iPhone and Mildred is in the dark coat on the very right of the picture.

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What kind of phone in those days. Love these old pictures, thanks.
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