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Old 11-21-2010, 06:15 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, 06:41 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, 05:20 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, 06:05 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, 06:42 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, 10:54 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, 07:29 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, 08:56 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, 11:45 AM   #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, 03:50 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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Old 11-25-2010, 04:56 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, 07:23 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, 09:19 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, 11:41 AM   #74
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Love these pics and history! Thanks!
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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, 11:30 AM   #76
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Just love these pictures.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:11 PM   #77
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Keep the pics coming - what a treat!
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:35 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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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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