Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-09-2010, 11:53 AM   #15
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grand Master View Post
Here are a couple of pictures taken at a Midwest WBCC Rally in 1956 or 1957. Wouldn't it be cool to see this many 13 panel and whale tails parked together today.

Note that on my Dad's '54 Flying Cloud, is a Wally Byam's Caravan plaque. We had recently been on a Caravan.

It is interesting to note the aluminum sheen on these Airstreams. Keep in mind they are all less than 2 years old when this picture was taken. Airstream never produced trailers as shiny as we currently like to restore them.

BTW..... I still have those berets that Mom, Dad, and I are wearing behind #1200. I never throw anything away.
Great to see those photos, and I especially loved the one of the yellow Nomad.

If you still had both today, the Nomad would be way more valuable than the AS, which is probably the opposite of those values when the photo was taken...
__________________

__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2010, 05:18 PM   #16
4 Rivet Member
 
Grand Master's Avatar
 
1963 24' Tradewind
Anderson / Sun City , Indiana / Arizona
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 444
Here is a better shot of Wally in his safari gear. I beleive the fellow at the back of the truck is Arthur Ruiz. Art was the factory mechanic on the African Caravan.

This picture was taken at a Rally in the Midwest, but he also wore this same outfit at the Palm Springs Rally promoting the African Caravan.

My Dad promptly got a pith helmet and put a Wally Byam patch on it just like Wally. He wore it for many years at Rallies.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Wally Byam.jpg
Views:	191
Size:	607.2 KB
ID:	114857  
__________________

__________________
Mike Brumback
WBCCI #1200
Grand Master is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2010, 06:23 PM   #17
Site Team
 
, Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,940
Images: 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by flyfshr View Post
Is that your '59 TradeWind in the background on the right? It sure looks like it. What a great photo.

Brad
FF
Yep, the same one. Although the numbers are a little hard to read.
__________________
markdoane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2010, 10:43 PM   #18
4 Rivet Member
 
Grand Master's Avatar
 
1963 24' Tradewind
Anderson / Sun City , Indiana / Arizona
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 444
Here's a picture of Wally's gold 22' Airstream that he took to Africa. He had brought it to the Midwest Rally in 1958 where he was promoting the African Caravan.

Notice the "Stella" model Vespa on the front bumper. We bought a red Vespa right after this rally. Wally also had a Zenith Trans-Oceanic radio, and (of course) my Dad had to have one of those, too.

To say that my Dad held Wally Byam in high esteem, would be an understatement. His sole motivation for owning Airstreams was to emulate the lifestyle that Wally promoted and lived. He bought his 1st. Airstream in 1955 after he had read about Wally Byam's Caravans. He owned several Airstreams, and attended 17 International Rallies (beginning with #2 in 1959). He was a lifelong member of the WBCCI untill his death in 1986.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Gold Airstream.jpg
Views:	245
Size:	658.3 KB
ID:	114879  
__________________
Mike Brumback
WBCCI #1200
Grand Master is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2010, 10:51 PM   #19
4 Rivet Member
 
Grand Master's Avatar
 
1963 24' Tradewind
Anderson / Sun City , Indiana / Arizona
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 444
Did anyone notice that the signage on Wally's truck says "Africa - Bibleland - Europe"?

Dale (Pee Wee) S. has written that this was repainted while in Africa to avoid political problems in non-Christian countries. However, this fact confirms my recollection that this picture was taken prior to the Cape Town to Cairo Caravan.
__________________
Mike Brumback
WBCCI #1200
Grand Master is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 05:27 AM   #20
4 Rivet Member
 
Jabba's Avatar
 
1955 30' Liner Commodore Vanderbilt
Wayne County , Michigan
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 421
Images: 17
Great pictures! Please keep sharing if you have more. I was wondering if you remember the name of the Airstream dealer in Niles? Our Airstream was bought over in that vicinity.
__________________
Jason & Veronica J.
S.E. Michigan
1955 Commodore Vanderbilt 30'
"Hawley"
TAC Member MI-6
2008 Chevy Silverado Ext. Z71 w3.73
Jabba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 08:22 AM   #21
Birdie Momma
 
NJtoNC's Avatar
 
1957 26' Overlander
1956 22' Flying Cloud
Vintage Kin Owner
Rutherford Co. , North Carolina
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 904
so very cool. VERY VERY cool. i wish i lived in the 50's : /
__________________
'57 Overlander | '56 Flying Cloud | '51 Spartanette
NJtoNC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 08:35 AM   #22
Rivet Master
 
jdalrymple's Avatar
 
2009 27' FB Flying Cloud
1991 35' Airstream 350
Jay , Oklahoma
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,603
Thanks for taking the time to post the photos. Very cool.
__________________
Jeff & Cindy
'09 27FB Flying Cloud
'91 350 LE MH
jdalrymple is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 08:40 AM   #23
Rivet Master
 
Zeppelinium's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1973 27' Overlander
1977 23' Safari
Palmer Lake , Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 3,908
Send a message via Skype™ to Zeppelinium
Quote:
Originally Posted by NJtoNC View Post
so very cool. VERY VERY cool. i wish i lived in the 50's : /
Before or after the Salk vaccine for polio?

Zep
Zeppelinium is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 08:51 AM   #24
4 Rivet Member
 
mwells4654's Avatar
 
1971 27' Overlander
Antlers , Oklahoma
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 426
Love the pictures folks. Lots of history, keeo um coming.
__________________
Mel

2006 GMC 1500 SLE Crew Cab
5.3L V8 Towing Package
Equal-i-zer E2

AIR # 40365
TAC # OK-3
mwells4654 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 09:52 AM   #25
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeppelinium View Post
Before or after the Salk vaccine for polio?

Zep
I was thinking the same thing. There are real pluses and minuses to every age.

Those in the '50s that to me are them most notable and potentially undesirable revolve around the general attitudes that were prevalent then towards certain groups.
__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 10:36 AM   #26
4 Rivet Member
 
Grand Master's Avatar
 
1963 24' Tradewind
Anderson / Sun City , Indiana / Arizona
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 444
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jabba View Post
Great pictures! Please keep sharing if you have more. I was wondering if you remember the name of the Airstream dealer in Niles? Our Airstream was bought over in that vicinity.
It was Frank's Trailer Sales ( I think his first name was Bob ). Here is a picture taken in 1959. After my Dad had seen Wally's International badged trailer he had to have one. The International Globe Trotter shown in this picture was Airstream #2 for him. It was a fully self contained 18' model.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Niles AS Dealer.jpg
Views:	179
Size:	730.6 KB
ID:	114889  
__________________
Mike Brumback
WBCCI #1200
Grand Master is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 10:47 AM   #27
Rivet Master
 
safari57's Avatar
 
1951 21' Flying Cloud
1960 24' Tradewind
West Coast , BC
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,790
Images: 10
Send a message via MSN to safari57
Mike,

That looks like a 61 Ford and a Rambler parked at the building. Not sure on the Rambler, or year of it.

I noticed Wally's 22' trailer had tandem axles. I'd always thought it was a Tradewind, thus the tandem being a better fit.

Really enjoying these time capsules back to your youth. Keep the pictures coming, if you are able to do so. Or do you have a website I should be going to?

And a question the answer to which I may have already missed - what happened to your parents last trailer? Is that the one you have now? Do you know where their other trailers have ended up?
__________________
Barry & Donna
Life is short - so is the door on a '51 Flying Cloud (ouch)
safari57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2010, 11:18 AM   #28
4 Rivet Member
 
Grand Master's Avatar
 
1963 24' Tradewind
Anderson / Sun City , Indiana / Arizona
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 444
Quote:
Originally Posted by safari57 View Post
Mike,

That looks like a 61 Ford and a Rambler parked at the building. Not sure on the Rambler, or year of it.

I noticed Wally's 22' trailer had tandem axles. I'd always thought it was a Tradewind, thus the tandem being a better fit.

Really enjoying these time capsules back to your youth. Keep the pictures coming, if you are able to do so. Or do you have a website I should be going to?

And a question the answer to which I may have already missed - what happened to your parents last trailer? Is that the one you have now? Do you know where their other trailers have ended up?
Barry you have a good eye. Upon closer inspection, the 18" Airstream in this picture in not my Dad's International for the following reasons:
1. No TV antenna
2. No Whip radio antenna
3. Wrong Furnace vent

You may be right as to the years of the cars. Perhaps this was taken a year or two after he purchased the International model.

Wally's gold trailer was outfitted with Henschen dura torque axles as a prototype. Torsion axles on Airstreams were not introduced untill 1962. Dual axles on trailers less than 26' would not come for several years.

To answer your final question...... I do not own any of my Dad's trailers. My Trade Wind was purchased because it has a similar floorplan to my Dad's favorite Airstream. It was a 1962 26' Overlander.

Here is a picture of the '59. Notice the gopher hole behind my feet. The bathroom (and thus the sewer connection) was in the curbside front corner of this model. How many even know what a gopher hole is in Airtream slang?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Bob Roof.jpg
Views:	159
Size:	782.0 KB
ID:	114891  
__________________

__________________
Mike Brumback
WBCCI #1200
Grand Master is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vintage? Bettye Vintage Kin 8 09-23-2016 07:21 PM
Vintage -vs- New ???? AZstreamin Community Polls 40 01-30-2011 03:12 PM
Vintage Tow Vehicle - Vintage Argosy Adventure to Bozeman overlander64 Off Topic Forum 16 07-16-2008 05:15 PM
Vintage? plains70 Our Community 2 07-03-2003 05:27 PM
How vintage is vintage? zamboni On The Road... 9 12-02-2002 04:30 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.