Airstream

The Silver RV

By Tara Cox
(Shire, Paperback, 9780747812524, 64pp.)

Publication Date: August 20, 2013

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Description

The Airstream is an eye-catching vintage classic. First appearing on American highways in the mid-1930s, these sleek aluminum icons were compact, cozy spaces that could hitched to the family car and taken out on the open road – and nearly a century later, their timeless design has lost none of its appeal, with the Airstream enjoying renewed popularity among celebrities, event planners and young travelers who appreciate its distinctively American blend of functionalism and beauty and air of nostalgia. Born in the California backyard of inventor Wally Byam and inspired by a trailer designed by Hawley Bowlus, the famed chief builder of The Spirit of St. Louis, the Airstream’s modernist aesthetic has remained relatively unchanged in eight decades, and its industrial durability has earned a reputation without peer, with more than 65% of all Airstreams still on the road today.  The book features the complete history of the Airstream, tips, cool facts, quotes and fabulous photographs— a fitting tribute to a true American legend.
 




About the Author

Tara Cox was the founding Editor-in-Chief of RVLiving magazine and has worked at Every Day with Rachael Ray, Popular Mechanics and Men's Journal magazines. A lover of nostalgia, Americana and the open road, she's driven a motorhome bigger than a New York City apartment and hopes to one day have an Airstream of her own, complete with pink flamingos. 

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