When Army Surplus was King of the Campground

From Goldwyn’s Army Store – Detroit Michigan 1927

Jumbo tent $4.75!

Early Car Camping

I love finding old images like this.  They show that we never really change yet are on a continuum of adaptation.  The bows that support the canvas top on this (I believe aftermarket) truck bed are reminiscent of much earlier wagons of the Old West.

Camping in Yellowstone 1924 – Mattress on the fender, pots, pans and a tool kit on the side board, these spiffy fellas were ready for an adventure. Image – https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/

Space was extremely limited in the cab of these old vehicles so if there were three on-board, I suspect someone, probably the boy, rode in back with the luggage.

Cozy Camp

I made it out for a brief stay in the eastern Ozarks this week.  The rain and cold came back just in time for my outing making it a little less comfortable than it could have been but I still enjoyed the time out.

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I chose to stay fairly low-tech with the exception of a sleeping bag instead of the old blankets and I sheltered under an old military poncho instead of the more usual canvas.  Since I was out, in part, to work on some crafts I packed in very heavily with tools and a few raw materials.

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It’s easy living for the most part in the Ozarks and I think I could happily live primitivly in this environment indefinitely.  There is not much legal hunting this time of year as the furry critters are off procreating and having babies so I brought some basic foodstuffs with me.  I’m back in civilization now but expect to get back out very soon.  Maybe the sun will stay out for a few days and dry things up as a preview of Spring.  I’ll post some follow-ups about gear and some things I’m working on very soon.

~gtc

More Classic Camping

Complete Camping Cook Outfit for Only $6.15!  Get your’s today!

I want to share a classic camping advertisement for the F. C. Wilson & Co. from the 1916 Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue.  Weighing in at 20 pounds it might be a bit heavy for backpacking but would be great for the car, wagon, pack-horse, or canoe.  According to the online Inflation Calculator, this $6.15 kit would cost an equivalent of $149.05 in today’s U.S. dollar.  At first this sounds ridiculous but after looking at a recent REI catalog I think it might actually be quite a good deal.

-GTC-

Practicing Primitive Daily

Primitive is a loaded word for some people.  To me, it means simple and lacking industrial materials.  That’s not to say primitive cannot be complex or fine work; in fact, it’s often just the opposite.  Sometimes even, it involves recycling the detritus of the modern world, such as tire rubber for shoe soles.

18th century style.

18th century style.

Looking at my high-graded and favorite camping gear I came to the realization a couple of years ago that by removing a few modern items my kit looks about 250 years out of date.  That made me kind of happy.  I’m not really a reenactor but I do occasionally participate in period events.  It seems my tastes really do just lean toward a quieter, handmade, preindustrial world.

An overview of traveling gear. I see this format on the web a lot so I'm stealing the style from far batter photographers than I.

An overview of traveling gear. I see this format on the web a lot so I’m stealing the style from far better photographers than I.

“Make yourself a wool bush shirt” my article on ‘The Bushcraft Magazine’!

Excellent work from our Tuscany comrade. I hope to find the magazine and make one myself!

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One of my dreams  comes true!

Last month I’ve written a tutorial on making a wool bush shirt and this article… has been published in the Autumn issue of “The Bushcraft Magazine“!!!

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How to Improvise and Use a Three Stick Roycroft Pack Frame

Thanks to Survival Sherpa for posting this look at making a pack frame.  Making a quick, three stick pack frame is a valuable bit of knowledge.  How serendipitous that this came up (seems to be a lot of convergent thinking around my world lately) as I am beginning to tweak my own wooden pack frame for some experimental travel.  And while we’re on the subject here’s a link to a broad look at pack frames from around the world on Markus Kittner’s fine web page.

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Have a look at Survival Sherpa by clicking the link below.

Source: How to Improvise and Use a Three Stick Roycroft Pack Frame

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