Readers can travel in America’s most remarkable travel trailer, Airstream, without ever leaving the driveway in the newly released book, Airstream Memories, by John Brunkowski and Michael Closen.
The book is richly stocked with hundreds of colorful items of Airstream memorabilia and glory days, including more than 280 postcards of the proud past. Its authors note that—while there have been other books about Airstream travel trailers—“this is the first book to tell the story through hundreds of postcards and other pieces of memorabilia.”
Over a 25-year period, the two have collected thousands of recreational vehicle items, including several hundred Airstream items. They said, “And every piece shown in this book is part of our RV collection.”
Airstream was first created in the 1930s; however, some of the fascinating material in the book predates those particular travel trailers. For example, the cloth cover book, Camping by the Highway: Autocampers’ Handbook And Directory, was published in 1925 by Field & Stream Publishing.
Meanwhile, there is an advertising postcard depicting the Silver Dome as “America’s outstanding coach value.” For the ambitious traveler, the Side Door Standard model retailed at $495 and other models went up to $1,495. The postcard itself was from the 1930s and is valued in the book between $75 and $100.
There are chapters on Airstream history, advertising, parks and rallies, Airstream international, Airstream art and humor and even look-a-likes. The book serves also as a price guide in providing an estimated value for every piece of memorabilia featured within its pages.
The authors have written numerous articles on recreational vehicles, along with two previous books.
Airstream Memories by John Brunjkowski and Michael Closen, soft cover, color illustrated, 128 pages, is $24.99 plus shipping from Schiffer Publishing, www.schifferbooks.com.
Book reviews by Robert Reed, Antique and Collectible News Service, PO Box 204, Knightstown, IN 46148.