Airstream was established during the 1930s by Wallace Byam, who made uniquely designed trailers in the backyard of his Los Angeles home. In the late seventies, Airstream taken over by Thor Industries, as it was not doing financially well, and helped it to recover from this crisis. It has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of innovative high-performance recreational vehicles. Their production facilities are currently based in Jackson Center, Ohio. Argosy was the brand of travel trailer and motor home, introduced by Airstream Company in the seventies. It was the original motor home created by AirStream, before the launch of their first branded motor home 'Classic', in 1979. It was one of three different models offered by Airstream, and had a one piece upper rear segment. The term 'Argosy' has been derived from concepts used in classical literature. Shakespeare used it to represent a flotilla of merchant ships, whereas 'Argo' was the name of the ship featuring in the mythological voyage of Jason, a Greek legendary hero, who searched for the Golden Fleece. Argosy is often assumed to be analogous to 'Odyssey.' The Argosy brand of vehicles has the trademark Airstream design, featuring distinctly rounded aluminum chassis that increases gas mileage and reduces wind resistance. The Argosy trailers were initially manufactured in the early seventies, however they were in production till 1975. These trailers had a frontal single-piece steel segment in the place of the traditional five aluminum segments. They had lightweight tambour doors on the cabinet. The popularity of these trailers and motor homes has withstood the test of time and their vintage models are still available.