Life magazine is currently running a great special about the VW Bus. A must see!
The Volkswagen bus wasn’t always something people automatically associated with Grateful Dead shows and suspiciously stinky “cigarette” smoke. When it first went into production, on March 8, 1950, the VW bus was seen as nothing more and nothing less than an inexpensive, reliable, bigger, boxier version of the Volkswagen Beetle that had proved so popular all over the world.
PS: Thanks to Brooks for the tip!