Decision to start the Club
Jeri and Forrest Bone are charter members of the Vintage Airstream Club and have been owners of a 64’ Airstream Safari, 64’ Bambi II, 68’ Overlander, 63’ Globetrotter, and currently own a 1949 Airstream Southwind Liner, a 1949 Spartenette Model 24, and a 1958 Spartan Royal Mansion. While members of the VAC, we developed an interest in various brands of vintage trailers and motor coaches, culminating in our purchase of the 1958 Spartan Royal Mansion. During discussions with the VAC founder, Bud Cooper, we realized that there would not be an opportunity to experience rallies that included all makes and models. It has been the practice of Airstream to allow local units and interclub to only hold one “Buddy Rally” per year that would allow other brand trailers to participate. It was also during these discussions with Bud that he made reference to the Tin Can Tourists, noting that they were the first travel club and organizationally shared a lot of similarities with the parent Airstream organization, Wally Byam Caravan Club International. I think Bud would have liked to see the Vintage Airstream Club be more inclusive, but only for the aluminum constructed trailers. Jeri and I felt that the exclusionary policy of the WBCCI was detrimental to the development of a vintage club. We felt that a group that was open to anyone, owner or not, that shared a passion for vintage trailers and motor coaches was more desirable.
Research and Trademark
After Forrest’s conversations with Bud, the Tin Can Tourists became a bit of an obsession. Jeri and Forrest visited the Florida Historical Library in Tallahassee and went through all the available documents on the club. In 1998 we decided to renew the club by having a gathering at Camp Dearborn, Milford, Michigan. Prior to the Gathering, Forrest contacted a trademark lawyer and had him do a mark search to make sure we were not “stepping on anyone’s toes”. We wanted to make sure there wasn’t an active branch of the group still chartered and functioned. When the legal search didn’t turn up an active group, we registered the mark (Tin Can Tourists) and proceeded with the organization of the club. As a past president of the vintage club and having served the club in various capacities, Forrest knew one thing for sure and that was that he didn’t want to get involved in a lot of bureaucratic structuring, so Jeri and Forrest decided that they would run the club as “directors”. A couple of years ago, we asked some members to serve as regional representatives for the purpose of developing TCT activities in their geographical region and to serve as a sounding board for any ideas we or other members might put forth.
The mark was first registered on February 26, 1998. It was renewed on January 23, 2008 for a successive term of ten years The identification number assign to said mark is MO2-187.
Tin Can Tourists was then granted a nationally recognized trademark in August 2015, evidence of usage was confirmed in 2020.
|Word Mark||TCT TOURISTS SINCE 1919 PIONEER AUTOMOBILE CAMPERS ORGANIZATION|
|Goods and Services||IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Association services, namely, promoting the interests of vintage trailer and motor coach owners. FIRST USE: 19971103. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19980523|
|Mark Drawing Code||(3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS|
|Design Search Code||26.01.02 – Circles, plain single line ; Plain single line circles|
26.01.17 – Circles, two concentric ; Concentric circles, two ; Two concentric circles
|Filing Date||November 24, 2014|
|Original Filing Basis||1A|
|Published for Opposition||June 2, 2015|
|Registration Date||August 18, 2015|
|Owner||(REGISTRANT) Bone, Forrest INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 4 High Street Bradenton FLORIDA 34208(LAST LISTED OWNER) BONE, TERRY INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 106 Wavewood Ct Prudenville MICHIGAN 48651|
|Assignment Recorded||ASSIGNMENT RECORDED|
|Disclaimer||NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “TOURISTS SINCE 1919” AND “AUTOMOBILE CAMPERS ORGANIZATION” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN|
|Description of Mark||Color is not claimed as a feature of the mark. The mark consists of a circular decal “Since 1919” at the top. Interlocking “TCT” in the middle. “C” in center with the “t”s crossed through the center of the “C” “TOURISTS” under the “TCT” with “Pioneer Automobile Campers Organization” arced along the bottom of the circle.|
|Type of Mark||SERVICE MARK|
|Affidavit Text||SECT 8 (6-YR).|
Terry Bone – Tin Can Tourists Address: PO Box 619, Prudenville, MI 48651