Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-26-2009, 07:13 PM   #1
Moderator
 
Stefrobrts's Avatar

 
1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 11,911
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
Old Popular Mechanics on Google Books

Old Popular Mechanics magazines are now available for viewing on Google Books. I know I will waste a great deal of time browsing through them.

Is the story about Wally having written an article for Popular Mechanics true, or is it just myth? I've seen lots of references to it, but never an exact date. Can you historians straighten me out?
__________________

__________________
Stephanie




Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2009, 08:01 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
SilverRanger's Avatar
 
2005 19' Safari
1968 24' Tradewind
Rural , Delaware
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,475
Thanks for the info about PM. I have quite a collection of those and Popular Science. Reading those is a favorite pastime.
__________________

__________________
2005 Bambi
1968 Trade Wind
2007 Ford F250 4x4 Crew
WDCU
SilverRanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2009, 08:06 PM   #3
Addicted to Aluminum
 
A-Merry-Can's Avatar
 
1959 18' "Footer"
1964 24' Tradewind
1954 29' Liner
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,015
I'd be interested in reading those as well.

JP
__________________

• • •
• • • • •
8576 • • • • • • • •
there's always room for one more!
A-Merry-Can is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2009, 08:14 PM   #4
4 Rivet Member
 
TWaugh's Avatar
 
1969 25' Tradewind
1971 18' Caravel
Berkeley Springs , West Virginia
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 423
Images: 8
This is quoted from that other site.
WBCCI.org

Wally graduated from Stanford in 1923 with a degree in law. He never applied for a board examination or practiced law in any form for the rest of his life. Instead he went to work for the Los Angeles Times as an advertising copywriter. He held that job long enough to decide that he liked advertising, but did not like to work for other people. He quit and formed his own agency and published a how-to-do-it magazine for home carpenters and builders. In the course of editing and publishing, Wally came across an article on how to build a trailer and bought it for publication. It was rather poor, as he was soon to find out. Every mail brought him complaints.

His curiosity piqued, he decided to follow the instructions himself. He quickly found them impossible. Abandoning the article but not the project, which tremendously intrigued him, he proceeded to build a trailer.

It was a “crude, boxy structure which rested none too easily upon a Model A Ford chassis”, Wally wrote later in his book, “Trailer Travel Here and Abroad”, “little more than a bed you could crawl into, a shelf to hold a water bottle, a flashlight and some camping equipment … protected from the elements.”

Crude or not, it was Wally’s first trailer. It attracted much attention and people even tried to buy it from him. At first he wouldn’t sell; he was having too much fun with it himself. He wrote an article on how to build it and sold plans on the side.

He might have published the article himself in his own magazine, except for a very simple fact; he needed more money than he could “pay” himself. It was published by “Popular Mechanics” magazine.
__________________
TWaugh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2009, 08:35 PM   #5
Moderator
 
Stefrobrts's Avatar

 
1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 11,911
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by TWaugh View Post
This is quoted from that other site.
WBCCI.org

He might have published the article himself in his own magazine, except for a very simple fact; he needed more money than he could “pay” himself. It was published by “Popular Mechanics” magazine.
Yeah, I keep finding that quote, but nothing more specific.
__________________
Stephanie




Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2009, 08:51 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
Tom Nugler's Avatar

 
1972 25' Tradewind
Currently Looking...
McHenry County , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,129
Images: 5
Hopefully this will be a complete listing of articles. Many have searched for the elusive story in research libraries and on archived microfilm and have come up empty handed.
Maybe someone will discover it through a cross-reference or some other stroke of luck.
I have a feeling that the reference to "Popular Mechanics" was just a shorthand to describe any one of the numerous DIY magazines of the day.
The other common myth, which has been "busted", is that the plans for the first trailers were published.
Wally only sold plans through a small classified in Popular Mechanics.

Best wishes and good luck to the researchers,

Tom.

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	May 1935 Airsteam Ad.JPG
Views:	234
Size:	35.7 KB
ID:	89766  
__________________
AirForums # 2806
WBCCI / VAC # 6411
TAC IL-11

Not All Who Wander Are Lost.

Avid supporter of trailing edge technology.
Tom Nugler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2009, 09:16 PM   #7
Moderator
 
Stefrobrts's Avatar

 
1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 11,911
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Nugler View Post

The other common myth, which has been "busted", is that the plans for the first trailers were published.
Wally only sold plans through a small classified in Popular Mechanics.
Thanks, Tom. So does that mean the passage quoted above, which seems to indicate he published plans for his first trailer, is the myth?
__________________
Stephanie




Stefrobrts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2009, 09:33 PM   #8
4 Rivet Member
 
TWaugh's Avatar
 
1969 25' Tradewind
1971 18' Caravel
Berkeley Springs , West Virginia
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 423
Images: 8
This Popular Mechanics article from 1937 mentions W. H. Bowles and has a photo of the early Byam trailer (calls it a teardrop) on page 32.

Popular Science - Google Books
__________________
TWaugh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2009, 10:28 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Tom Nugler's Avatar

 
1972 25' Tradewind
Currently Looking...
McHenry County , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,129
Images: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by TWaugh View Post
This Popular Mechanics article from 1937 mentions W. H. Bowles and has a photo of the early Byam trailer (calls it a teardrop) on page 32.

Popular Science - Google Books
Havn't seen this artical before. Thanks for sharing.
I remember reading a thread on the old VAC archives where someone had gone through old copies of various "mechanics" magazines of the period when Wally was starting his trailer business. The concensus was unless more evidance surfaced this small ad was the only connection to Popular Mechanics.
With luck more will turn up over time.

Tom.
__________________
AirForums # 2806
WBCCI / VAC # 6411
TAC IL-11

Not All Who Wander Are Lost.

Avid supporter of trailing edge technology.
Tom Nugler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2009, 06:51 PM   #10
2 Rivet Member
 
Gerr's Avatar
 
1967 17' Caravel
North Vancouver , British Columbia
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 66
More Popular Mechanic Fun

Popular Mechanics - Google Books

Found this magazine in a big pile we have.July 1967 Popular mechanics. On page 106 there is an interesting article on maintaining Airstreams on a caravan from Singapore to Lisbon. This is the link to google books I hope.
__________________
Gerr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2009, 07:45 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
Dewey , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,025
Images: 1
Byron Versteech, Scully, Iowa

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gerr View Post
Popular Mechanics - Google Books

Found this magazine in a big pile we have.July 1967 Popular mechanics. On page 106 there is an interesting article on maintaining Airstreams on a caravan from Singapore to Lisbon. This is the link to google books I hope.
I have the July 1967 magazine in my trove from the Estate of Helen Byam Schwamborn.

I believe the article was written by McGregor Smith who wrote the book about the Around-the-World Caravan, Thank You Marco Polo. Byron Versteech who provided the information was the mechanic on the Around-the-World Caravan. I met Byron on the 1965 Lynda Bird Johnson trip through the Western United States. It was felt by Airstream, that with the importance of the small Caravan, that a world tested mechanic be furnished by the factory. Thank you Bryon.
__________________
"Keep the road straight, the sky clear, the glass full, good friends and the laughter loud!", Pee Wee
PeeWee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2009, 09:52 PM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
Gerr's Avatar
 
1967 17' Caravel
North Vancouver , British Columbia
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 66
Thanks for filling us in on the article
__________________
Gerr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2009, 03:44 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
silverhawk's Avatar
 
1964 22' Safari
Elyria , Ohio
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 780
Images: 20
Send a message via Yahoo to silverhawk
There is a three part travel trailer plan with a bunch of illustrations in the March, April and May, 1947 issues of Popular Mechanics. For anyone who ever thought of building their own camper, this should be interesting. The small fact that these plans are more than 60 years old should add to the interest level.
__________________
silverhawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2009, 05:44 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
silverhawk's Avatar
 
1964 22' Safari
Elyria , Ohio
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 780
Images: 20
Send a message via Yahoo to silverhawk
Quote:
Originally Posted by silverhawk View Post
There is a three part travel trailer plan with a bunch of illustrations in the March, April and May, 1947 issues of Popular Mechanics. For anyone who ever thought of building their own camper, this should be interesting. The small fact that these plans are more than 60 years old should add to the interest level.
The name of this article and series of plans is A Home Of 1000 Addresses. The writers name is Hi Sibley. It's not Airstream related, but it is still a very interesting article. I guess if you painted it silver ...?
__________________

__________________
silverhawk 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
Search - we got Google! Janet H Forum Admin, News and Member Account Info 10 08-06-2008 02:36 PM
Mechanics: What would you charge? Chuck Our Community 14 09-27-2006 06:44 PM
Ahem! I begin new thread by popular request ... summerkid Off Topic Forum 13 12-20-2005 07:34 PM
Books...? canny_banjo_man Off Topic Forum 4 08-23-2004 04:22 PM
Denver RV Mechanics Alice General Motorhome Topics 2 07-09-2002 11:04 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:36 PM.


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.