Open Lots in the Countryside

George Crawford:

More simple wagon accommodations on the roadside.

Originally posted on Paleotool's Weblog:

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This is part of a series of images, mostly Romany, Irish and Scottish Travellers collected from around the internet.  Many of these historic images found on the web are without citation.  When a clear link to a source is found, I try to include it.  If a source is known, please pass it on and I will gladly include it or remove it if necessary.

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Wayside Stopover

Originally posted on Paleotool's Weblog:

moderngetawayA couple modern bowtops by the wayside in Britain.  Great colors.

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Steppingstone Farm Museum: If Roy Had a Museum, This Might Be It.

George Crawford:

Awesome tools of the old trades. If you want to jump straight to the photos go here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_firley/sets/72157654583624798
or scroll down to read the article.

Originally posted on The Furniture Record:

I first heard about the Steppingstone Farm Museum from Shannon Rogers (of The Renaissance Woodworker) on a Woodtalk Online podcast. I learned more when we worked at adjacent benches at the Woodwright’s School taking Elia Bizzarri’sContinuous Arm Rocker class. (I think I just set a new record for links per paragraph.)

A few weeks back, we were visiting some friends in Baltimore for a few days and were looking for a day trip to take with them and their kids and their kids. I suggested we visit the Steppingstone Farm Museum. It is located in Havre de Grace, MD, about an hour north of Baltimore on I-95. Much to my surprise, all agreed and we went.

To steal from their description:

Steppingstone museum is a private, not for profit museum which preserves and demonstrates the rural arts and crafts of the 1880-1920 period in Harford County. The…

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Familiar design

George Crawford:

Another throwback vardo for some inspiration. I wish I could find the time to get back to work on my own rolling home!

Originally posted on Paleotool's Weblog:

Practical modern wanderer. Practical modern wanderer.

floor Great floor.

oddlyfamiliar2 The overhang is an excellent way to save floor space without sacrificing the bed.

See the article on the Tiny House Blog by clicking an image.

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Romanian Gypsies

George Crawford:

A post dear to my heart I put together last year.

Originally posted on Paleotool's Weblog:

By Peter van Beek By Peter van Beek

Peter van Beek has documented the difficult life of nomads in a modernizing Europe.  Fear, stereotypes, and unfamiliarity dominate their way of life and place them into a, partially self-imposed, marginalized portion of society.  Although there is terrible poverty, he documents family life and survival of these remarkable people.

UntitledUntitled 2Untitled 3Untitled 4But it isn’t all oppressive poverty “By collecting and selling iron they get very rich and build their own village with huge palaces where they started living.”  While settling down, the community keeps it’s own unique sense of style.

Untitled 5PalaceKalderash“Many Kaldarash people (the coppersmiths) still wear colorful clothes, living in a beautiful traditional way.  In some villages, time seems to stand still.”

From Peter van Beek’s website:

“The only nomadic gypsies in Europe live in Romania, the country that joined the European Union in 2007. Living a hard life in Romania these semi-nomadic people hold on to…

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A Wayside Camp

George Crawford:

A lovely throwback photo of a real Traveler’s camp.

Originally posted on Paleotool's Weblog:

waysidecampI love this image from Life Magazine.  It has a real neighborhood feel.

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The Victorian Gentleman’s Self-Defense Toolkit

George Crawford:

When in doubt, the refined gentleman kicks him right in the face. Could be worse I suppose…

Originally posted on Out of This Century:

LeMoine_Savate_big Above: Practitioners of French Savate, 1857.

For many today, the term “gentleman” is apt to conjure up the ridiculous image of an affected, overdressed fop with a monocle, struggling to secure a place in high society. Yet, throughout past centuries, the character of the gentleman was regarded as synonymous with that of the true ideal man, embodying “heroic bodily strength and mental firmness” and including “whatever was valuable in the cavalier and the earlier knight,”—simply put, a man with the strength of manhood.

With that in mind, it is not surprising that numerous treatises on gentlemanly conduct published in the 19th century emphasized the importance of physical fitness and self-defense training. For instance, Our Deportment (1879) states that

“Physical education is indispensable to every well-bred man and woman. A gentleman should not only know how to fence, to box, to ride, to shoot and to swim…

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