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Old 12-04-2010, 12:07 PM   #113
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My brother and I playing at Fort Meyers Beach in Florida in 1967. Back then you could camp on the beach. I need to get a slide scanner. The vast majority of my pics (thousands of them) are on slides.
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Just to be clear. 1966 was the largest Airstream wagon wheel Rally that I have attended. I have limited knowledge of Rallies and Airstreams from about 1985 until 2000. Here's what we were camping in during those years.
I must admit to a similar phase in my early years with SOB's of all kinds, but the lure of silver was always on the back of the mind. Seeing one got me all pumped up again, it just took many years of searching for just the right one to fill the bill. What we did not have was the history to push us as you did. You were/are so very lucky to have grandparents that wanted to include their grandchildren. Were your parents ever involved in Airstreams? My parents lusted after one but could never quite commit to that big a financial investment.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:14 PM   #114
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Like Tom, I have hundreds of boxes of slides, and dozens of rolls of 8mm film in addition to the photographic prints I have scanned for this thread. I don't know if I will every have the time or patience to go through them to sort out the gems.

I know I have movies from the International Rallies at Colorado Springs and Hersey, PA (1960 & 1961). Besides these labeled reels, there are several with no labels at all. tkasten offered to help put some of these images on CD or DVD. Could you contact me and help me know what I need to do to accomplish this.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:48 PM   #115
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I found these ribbons among the hundreds my parents collected from Rallies. Apparently at one time they honored multiple Airstream owners at an International Rally. They must have stopped doing this because my Dad eventually had 7 Aisrstreams (one at a time). He bought all of them new.

The other ribbons were for Company sponsored Caravans.

The second photo is my original badge (like my Dad's) beside my new badge to illustrate the differnces. Notice that originally it was just the WBCC.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:21 PM   #116
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Zip Dee awnings were first introduced in the late 60's. My Dad added one to his 62 Overlander no long after they started showing up at Rallies. Mary & I had just gotten married, and she is sitting on the table.

Also note the window box in his front window. I have never seen another one like it. It had a metal mesh filter in the bottom to allow fresh air to enter without the window being open. Has anyone ever seen one of these?
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:40 PM   #117
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As a boy I went to Yellowstone every summer! This Photo means a lot to me because it is pre fire that burned most of the park and for ever changed Yellowstone National Park in my mind. I believe this picture was taken at the Madison Junction Camp ground... Same picture today would show few if any trees... Thank you for posting these great moments in your history!
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There certainly are a lot of great photos here. Thanks to all!
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:22 AM   #119
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Zip Dee awnings were first introduced in the late 60's. My Dad added one to his 62 Overlander no long after they started showing up at Rallies. Mary & I had just gotten married, and she is sitting on the table.

Also note the window box in his front window. I have never seen another one like it. It had a metal mesh filter in the bottom to allow fresh air to enter without the window being open. Has anyone ever seen one of these?
Mike,
Thanks so much for sharing these photos!

And yes, I've seen several (a hand full) photos of different late '50s/early '60s Airstreams with a front window boxed out like that, but never one in person. It must have been an aftermarket accessory that someone came up with, because I think you'd see them more often if it was a factory option. I did not know that they were vented at the bottom, but that probably made theme nice to keep open in inclement weather for ventilation without a risk of rain blowing in.

P.S. Wow, a 1973 Oldsmobile Cultlass! My first car was a 2 door '73 Cutlass.
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:34 AM   #120
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Thanks so much for sharing these photos!

And yes, I've seen several (a hand full) photos of different late '50s/early '60s Airstreams with a front window boxed out like that, but never one in person. It must have been an aftermarket accessory that someone came up with, because I think you'd see them more often if it was a factory option. I did not know that they were vented at the bottom, but that probably made theme nice to keep open in inclement weather for ventilation without a risk of rain blowing in.

P.S. Wow, a 1973 Oldsmobile Cultlass! My first car was a 2 door '73 Cutlass.
There were a small number of trailers back then with that front window ventalation box.

It worked very well.

I was never able to find out if it was an Airstream option or an after market product.

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Old 12-06-2010, 07:13 AM   #121
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Great pictures/stories!

I'm partial to the vintage Jeep Wagoneer in the very right hand side of your picture!
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Mike,
Thanks so much for sharing these photos!

And yes, I've seen several (a hand full) photos of different late '50s/early '60s Airstreams with a front window boxed out like that, but never one in person. It must have been an aftermarket accessory that someone came up with, because I think you'd see them more often if it was a factory option. I did not know that they were vented at the bottom, but that probably made theme nice to keep open in inclement weather for ventilation without a risk of rain blowing in.
Joe, I've got a 1967 Wally Byam Stores cataloge and on pg.27 it showes that. It's called a "Travfilvent". It says it's made of aluminum and can be in the window for travelling and lets in cool air through washable filters. Cost 39.95
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Now here is a Rally picture from the same era.

There are a couple of things worth noting in this picture.......
1. I'll bet the owner of the Chevy wagon doesn't know that he is hitched wrong and that his wheelbase is too short to tow that Airstream.
2. When is the last time you saw an Airstream being towed with a Thunderbird?

Notice that we are parked in an open space. Not particularly attractive. That's because we were there to visit the area not camp. The only point I am trying to make is that camping and Caravanning were both good. They just weren't the same.
That's a Ford wagon not a Chev.
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Joe, I've got a 1967 Wally Byam Stores cataloge and on pg.27 it showes that. It's called a "Travfilvent". It says it's made of aluminum and can be in the window for travelling and lets in cool air through washable filters. Cost 39.95
Here is a picture of from inside. My Mom placed a towel over the vent when it wasn't needed for fresh air.

I had this stained glass Airstream made for my parents as a Christmas present in the late 60's. It was made using their '62 Overlander as the model.

After my parents died I saved it. The second picture is of it, today.
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Joe, I've got a 1967 Wally Byam Stores cataloge and on pg.27 it showes that. It's called a "Travfilvent". It says it's made of aluminum and can be in the window for travelling and lets in cool air through washable filters. Cost 39.95
Doug, thanks for the clarification! I think this would be a great addition to a vintage Airstream, even today. Do you think they permanently riveted/screwed to the trailer, or were they just held in place by cranking the window back down to wedge them in the window opening? I assumed they were permanently attached until I saw your write-up than made me think they might be removable.

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Here is a picture of from inside. My Mom placed a towel over the vent when it wasn't needed for fresh air.

I had this stained glass Airstream made for my parents as a Christmas present in the late 60's. It was made using their '62 Overlander as the model.

After my parents died I saved it. The second picture is of it, today.
I see the "Travfilvent" even on the stained glass Overlander!
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Joe,

Good eye. I have had this stained glass Airstream on display in my home for the last 20+ years. When I posted it I had overlooked that the Travfilvent was included as a detail by the stained glass artist.
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