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Airstream: The History of the Land Yacht
Mid-century houses were better. So were mid-century cars. It would follow, then, that mid-century homes on wheels were better too. Well, they were. Not that RVs are really a category worth arguing about. But there is one fifth wheel that holds its place securely among the top industrial design concepts of the century: the Airstream. Resembling a brilliant aluminum-skinned zeppelin with wheels, the Airstream is undeniably appealing. I defy anyone to honestly say otherwise. Airstream is equal parts travelogue, cultural history, and biography of the inventor. It is loaded with beautiful faded-to-pink snapshots, magazine ads, structural illustrations, and press photos.
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Sleek and shiny, Airstream trailers have been turning heads on the highways since they first started caravanning across America in the 1930s. These "aluminum skinned gleaming sliver bullets" are currently enjoying a revival in popularity. Praised for their clean lines and timeless aesthetic, movie stars and design buffs are snapping up these vintage beauties. Airstream — equal parts travelogue, cultural history, and biography of Wally Byam, Airstream's charismatic inventor — celebrates the trailer's enduring appeal as an icon of simple aerodynamic living. A dazzling array of images tell the story of how Byam, the father of modern trailer travel, created less a product than an entire culture. From the Eiffel Tower to the pyramids of Giza, from the Acropolis to the Golden Gate Bridge, Airstream caravans continue to travel to the far reaches of the earth. Amazing photographs from the Airstream archives document this metallic nomad's significant place in the history of design, from its streamlined origins to its current vogue. Airstream has always been synonymous with the freedom of the open road. Today the dream lives on.
"Adventure is where you find it — any place, every place, except at home in the rocking chair." Wally Byam, creator of the Airstream
Relates the history of Airstream trailers from their first appearance in the 1930s to the present and discusses how Airstream's inventor, Wally Byam, contributed to the culture of modern trailer travel.
Equal parts travelogue, cultural history, and biography of Wally Byam, Airstream's charismatic inventory, this volume celebrates the trailer's enduring appeal as an icon of simple, aerodynamic living. 125 illustrations, many in color.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 142) and index.
About the Author
Bryan Burkhart is a designer, storyteller, and Airstream enthusiast, who owns a restored 1962 airstream Flying Cloud. He lives in San Francisco.
David Hunt lives in New York. He writes regularly on art and culture for art/text, Flash Art, and Sculpture.
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