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Old 11-25-2010, 05:56 PM   #71
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I have to back Aage on this one too. I was looking at a photo from 1920 of an oil well in West Texas. It was the first in what eventually turned out to be a very significant oil field. My friends Grandfather was a Wildcatter that drilled the well.In the photo the entire town turned out. It is one of those extra wide photos and very interesting. The thing that struck me was that out of 278 people in the photo only 2 are not wearing hats. One is a young child that looks less than 1 and the other is Michael's Grandfather because he is holding it up in the air in salute. The other interesting thing is that the photo was taken on August 12 1920. Have you ever been to West Texas in August? Well, every single woman has a long black dress on, a white long sleeve top and a black hat. The men are all wearing black coats, ties, and every sort of hat imagined. The only man or boy not wearing a coat is a derrick worker. He is wearing a tie though.
Times have changed for the better or worse. People are much more casual these days. I have worked for many truly affluent people over the years. They all dress very casually almost all the time. The only people trying to dress up and look affluent, that I encounter, are those wanting to be preceived that way.
I do not see anything in that photo is unusual for the times it was taken. The people seem to be dressed fairly normal.
With changing times, attitudes have changed significantly. I think now a days, most Airstreamers tend to be less elite in their attitudes about their Airstream lives.
This is not an attempt to make you look bad or be confrontational. I am just expressing my own opinion. I must say I love seeing these old photos.


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This is the guy I think of when I think of Mr. Byam. Even with a tie on it is not a formal tie. He looks fairly casual and relaxed. I do however have no doubt that when the occasion arose that the tux could come out.
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Old 11-26-2010, 08:23 AM   #72
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Grand Master please keep this thread going! What a fun way to spend the holidays! Thanks again for sharing such uplifting photos! What's more fun than seeing a bunch AS together! Happy Holidays!
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:19 AM   #73
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I think this picture was taken in Ohio at the Sugarcreek Rally. Perhaps someone will recognize this location and correct me, if I am wrong. I believe the year would have been about 1963.
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Old 11-26-2010, 12:41 PM   #74
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Love these pics and history! Thanks!
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:34 PM   #75
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I thought it might be interesting to post a couple of camping pictures from the late 50's or early 60's to show how things have changed.

Today's campers are very sophisticated compared to what was available when our vintage Airstreams were new. Today's Prevosts are light years ahead of what people had in 1960. Yet our 50 year old Airstreams still compare remarkably well to todays products.

Today we sometimes feel outclassed parked next to a million dollar MH, but in 1960 there was virtually nothing that was even close to an Airstream.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:30 PM   #76
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Just love these pictures.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:11 PM   #77
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Keep the pics coming - what a treat!
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:35 PM   #78
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Age ???

How..............can we................................call Airstreams from the 60's, and 50's.............."OLD"?.

That's younger than many of us.

And .........................................."WE" ain't old yet.

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Old 11-30-2010, 03:54 PM   #79
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Andy, I stand corrected!

I, too, am older than my Airstream, and neither of us is "OLD", yet.
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Old - mine is soon to be 46 years old. O how I wish I was just 46...Tim
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:58 PM   #81
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Maybe I should not say that ours is 4 years to the month older than me...(it was inspected in my birth month)
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:03 PM   #82
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Really Vintage

My Dad took this picture on Oct. 20, 1956. It is of poor quality. Sorry.

There are three 13 panel Airstreams in this picture. That is quite a gathering of Airstreams in 1956. It does not appear to be at a Rally as there is a non-Airstream on the left. All these Airstreams had to be fairly new when the picture was taken. I was very young at this time and have no personal recollection of this event.

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Old 11-30-2010, 10:15 PM   #83
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There, I fixed the color. I just love these old time photos. Keep them coming.

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Here's another old camping photo.

There was definately a differnece between camping and going to an Airstream Rally in the early days. This picture is typical of camping in a State Park in the late 50's. Rallying with the WBCC was different. We toured attractions in the area. There was great commradary with happy hours and dinners. When we camped (non-WBCC) we sat around a campfire or hiked, but I seldom remember doing that at a Rally.

The WBCCI was formed primarily to travel or Caravan. Rallies were an offshoot, but still based on the concept of going to new places. Seldom did we ever have a Rally at a campground.

Now before I get lambasted again for being an elitest, I am just trying to give folks some perspective about how this club looked in the early years. I am one of the few people around who actually was a part of the formative years of this organization. I am not just looking at 50 year old pictures and interpetting how it must have been. I am trying to provide some insight on how it really was (based on my first hand knowledge).

Enjoy the pictures.
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