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 Wallace Merle “Wally” Byam

Wallace Merle “Wally” Byam

Birth
Baker City, Baker County, Oregon, USA
Death 22 Jul 1962 (aged 66)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Court of Freedom, Columbarium of Honor, Niche 2218
Memorial ID 10927 · View Source
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Bisnessman. Born in Baker, Oregon, he was a one of the pioneer manufacturers of the American travel trailer. In 1929, Byam built the world's first Airstream trailer, which started out as a tent contraption built on a Ford Model T chassis. The tent was replaced with a masonite teardrop-shaped permanent shelter and he added a stove and ice chest. In Los Angeles, California, he started building travel trailers and his Airstream Company was incorporated in 1931. By the late 1930s, he introduced the "Clipper" a aluminum teardrop trailer, which was an instant hit with travelers and campers. Developing a full line of popular aluminum jet stream follow trailers, they became one of the most recognizable products worldwide by the mid 1950s. He managed and directed his company until his death at age 66.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 12 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10927
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wallace Merle “Wally” Byam (4 Jul 1896–22 Jul 1962), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10927, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .