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Old 11-10-2010, 12:53 PM   #29
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All I know is one wanted to be sure the top was secured before walking around in the dark! zz
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:05 PM   #30
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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.
Something about that photo I like. Here's another version of it, makes things a bit easier to see.

I think the sign says: "Old Frank Rd Trailer Sales", but I could be wrong, of course...
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:09 PM   #31
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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?
Hole to catch the grey water?
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Awesome that you even have pictures of the dealer! Wow, please keep 'em coming.

Ok, dumb question on the gopher hole, weren't they noticeable by "aroma"?
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:26 AM   #33
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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?
Gopher hole...
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Looks to me like that gopher is holding its nose
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2nd. International Rally

The 1st. international Rally we attended was at Wisconsin Dells in 1959. I don't remeber if we gopher holed there, but I know we did the next year at Colorado Springs because Dad was the Gopher Hole Chairman. Who said that Airstreaming can't be glamorous.

Here is the official picture of the 2nd. International Rally. We didn't arrive early enough to park in the Wagon Wheel. We were parked in the first row just left of the circle.
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I have been thinking about Aage's response that the Airstream dealer's name might be something other than my memory. Well, I decided to call Airstream today to see if anyone could remember the name of an Airstream dealer in Michigan in the late 50's and early 60's.

The employee I spoke with agreed with me that her memory was Bob Frank Airstream, but she thought he was in Battle Creek, MI (rather than Niles).

Does this jog anyones memory? It's the small things that drive me crazy.
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Yes, you're right, Mike I looked at it again, and I've got to say that now I think is is Bob Frank.

One less thing to go crazy over
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1959.
Both the Chevy Impala and the Airstream are 59's. Wow, you could put a double bed in that trunk.

I think this picture was taken on our way to (or from) the International Rally in Colorado Springs. Notice the round International badge on the right front panel of the Globetrotter. This was a fully self contained trailer. Unique for this size. Dad had seen Wally's gold International model the year before, so he had to have one.

The bathroom was in the curbside front corner. It had a shower, toilet, & sink. You could use all three at once.

Also notice the aluminum tubes running from the tongue to the axle. They were made to carry the sewer hose (and fishing poles).
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Wow Mike, your parents were pretty sporty kind of people. Nice nice nice car and trailer set up.
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Mike,

Could you please email me a copy of the Bob Frank dealer photo? That is where the p.o. of our '55 bought it. Somewhere I have pot holders with the dealer name on them. Buy an Airstream and we'll throw in a pair of potholders, such a deal!

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I noticed in the picture of you standing behind 1200 that there are two cords going into the back of the trailer. What is the second one? Any idea? Ours has a second cord run thru the floor for the electric hot water heater.
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Could you please email me a copy of the Bob Frank dealer photo? That is where the p.o. of our '55 bought it. Somewhere I have pot holders with the dealer name on them. Buy an Airstream and we'll throw in a pair of potholders, such a deal!

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You should be able to click on the image and then save as a jpg image. If not, send me your email address and I will send a copy.

Since you have some documentaion from the original owner, could you remind me where Bob Frank's Trailer Sales was located. Niles orBattle Creek?

The plug on the left is for the trailer AC cord to plug into. The other plug is just a 20 amp plug. It could be used to plug another trailer into, or as an outside recepticle. Remember that in the mid-fifties nobody had AC or microwaves. Therefore AC demands were minimal.
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