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History, Like Lightning, Can Strike Twice

In 1960, the Airstream Caravan traveled across the great continent of Africa. One destination was the ancient Roman ruins located at Jerash in Jordan. The ruins were nearby the capital city of Amman. The 1963-1964 Around-the-World Caravan arrived and stayed at the Jerash ruins in 1964. Wally Byam always enjoyed the benefits of advertising, beginning with his Stanford University days working on the school newspaper as advertising manager. Wally would have enjoyed this two-page spread in an RV magazine, published in 1968, with the caravan once again parking in a wagon wheel in the main plaza at Jerash. This area

Wally Byam Stores

Airstream has a long history of retail store sales. It all started in 1945. Wally Byam, founder of Airstream, was working with Lockheed as an engineer. He kept highly detailed notebooks, both dealing with work and personal entries. One personal note pointed to his post-war endeavors. He decided he wanted to become involved in the direct mail order business, but when the war ended, he instead returned to manufacturing. In 1947, Wally reopened the Airstream factory. Years later in 1960, when the African Caravan ended, he returned to Los Angeles. He was making the necessary arrangements to transfer Airstream’s responsibilities to

Family Thanksgiving 1943

While family gatherings were commonplace during World War II, it was a rare and wonderful occasion when a member of the military could join in. In 1943, the Schwamborn, Byam, and Boyce families gathered with friends to share in a celebration of the holiday. This was a particularly special occasion because of the time period this story takes place in – gasoline was rationed, which limited auto travel. During wartime, a celebration with family is very special. While I don’t recall what we ate on this Thanksgiving, food rationing made a holiday like Thanksgiving a changed experience. I remember my

See America First, Part III: At Journey’s End

Over the next three weeks, we’ll be featuring Dale Schwamborn’s account of the 1965 “See America First” tour of the American West. Two weeks ago, Dale learned he’d be embarking on another great adventure – with a very special guest. Last week, the group visited three majestic Western locations. Grand Tetons: July 6-13, 1965 If Atlas were to become indifferent to his duty of fending off the enclosing heavens, he could find proxy in the Grand Tetons. Rising above a 7000-foot base, the massive granite silently guides the four winds along their troubled paths. Jackson Hole has been synonymous with the

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