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Old 11-20-2010, 11:22 PM   #57
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Thanks for all the great pictures, Your history in the WBCCI
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:00 AM   #58
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Hi Mike,
I've really enjoyed these old pictures and thanks again for sharing. Do you have any interior shots?
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:02 PM   #59
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I only have a couple interior pictures. Here is one of my Dad taking a siesta with their Siamese cat "Twiggy". This was their 1962 Overlander.

The second and third pictures are of my '63 Trade Wind, as she looks before and after restoration.

My Dad's '62 was my favorite Airstream. Can you see why I picked out my vintage?
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:54 PM   #60
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This was taken at a Rally somewhere in the Midwest about 1963. My Dad had a '62 Olds. Notice all the GM Heavy Metal in this picture. In fact, it is rare to see a truck in an Airstream Rally picture prior to the late 70's.

My dad started buying better cars because most Airstreamers drove more upscale vehicles. After all, these trailers cost about $5,500 then and that would be equivalent to about $40,000 now. I think my Dad only paid about $13,000 for his house in about 1955.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:15 PM   #61
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I only have a couple interior pictures. Here is one of my Dad taking a siesta with their Siamese cat "Twiggy". This was their 1962 Overlander.

The second and third pictures are of my '63 Trade Wind, as she looks before and after restoration.

My Dad's '62 was my favorite Airstream. Can you see why I picked out my vintage?
Awesome photos!
Wish I had this history!
More please?!?
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:41 PM   #62
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How's this for a TV?

1200cc and a sunroof. Both the Airstream and the VW Bug are 62's
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:20 AM   #63
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Mike that was my first car. Same car but black. I bought it at 8 am on my 16th birthday. I went to the MVA and got my license then the tag for the bug. By 2 pm I was out driving around. I have always regretted selling that car, but needed the money for College. A GI returning to Texas from Maryland bought it. He totaled it in Tennessee.
I obviously have a soft spot for 1962 even if I was not born until 1966.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:05 AM   #64
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Priceless Photos

Thank you for sharing. What memories you have. Speaking of memories.... I remember a magazine article I saw as a child. It was photos of AS in a circle. I think it was a LIFE Magazine. Little did I know it caught my fancy then and I am writing on this forum now. 40 something years later. Still find AS interesting!
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:42 AM   #65
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Mike & Frank,
Ditto on the first car -- I saved up $1800 to buy my first bug, a white 1966 1800cc when I was just finishing highschool into college -- I loved that thing! Completely rebuilt everything from the ground up, but sold it a few years later when I got my first "real" job (the commute was hell and no AC in north Texas was brutal during the summer rush hours). To this day I still wish I had that car (although I'm secretly looking for a Karmann Ghia to restore later on in life).
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:54 AM   #66
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Funny you should mention a Karmann Ghia. My next car was a '64 Ghia.

Not a very good picture, but it was taken in 1965.
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Old 11-25-2010, 08:29 AM   #67
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While I don't think this picture was taken at Thanksgiving, it certainly depicts Airstreamers being thankful for the bounties that God has given them. Good food, good friends, good times.

Notice that several of the ladies were wearing dresses, and men wearing ties.
Caravaners in th 50's and 60's were not your typical campers. They were more affluent, better educated, and seeking adventure. I met many great people Airstreaming with my parents.

For this I give Thanks.
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:56 AM   #68
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Mike,

Not to downplay your depiction of Airstreamers in the beautiful and bountiful '50s and '60s, but I have noticed that, in general today, people are less apt to wear a suit & tie (or dresses/skirts in the case of ladies) than they ever have been.

If you look back at photographs of people in the early part of the 20th century, the early 1900s up to and even including WWII, the majority of people seen are wearing what we would term today, "dress" clothes. Very ordinary people would always wear dress clothes for any occasion, certainly when gathering together, travelling, or working. The exception to the working part is either people engaged in manual labour that would damage or soil dress clothing, or those whose job required wearing a uniform.

Why even Beaver Cleaver's parents were always seen in dress clothing, while just performing normal around the house tasks. Ward Cleaver would dress down to garden by taking off his suit jacket and putting on a cardigan, but kept his dress shirt and tie.

But today, in general, dressing up is more rare. Even people attending many churches I have been in (and that's quite a few, having sung in a Police Chorus) wear casual clothing.

In other words, I don't agree that they are necessarily "more affluent, better educated", but rather the people in your photos are just conforming to the social standards of their day.
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:45 PM   #69
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I recall when I was a little boy. Asking my dad what was that shiny thing going down
the road . He said the best trailer ever made.
IT LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION. Now I have one ,and really like it!!!
Great pictures guys!!!
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Old 11-25-2010, 04:50 PM   #70
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Thanks so much for all the pics. We are new to the world of Airstream and it is great to see all the history!!
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