Campaign Furniture in the Wild

There’s not much point to this post other than I like historic images and found some great camp photos from the 1920s.  These are mostly Roy Chapman Andrews in Mongolia, 1925-1928 from the American Museum of Natural History collections.  A fun collection to peruse.  Andrews is a remarkable person in his own right as a man who worked his way up from janitor to director of the AMNH.  Much of his scientific fame comes from some accidental finds of dinosaurs while looking for evidence of human origins in China and Mongolia.

RCAElephant CampA proper campaign hat and casual camp shoes while sitting at the campaign table.  The ubiquitous large tent provides daytime relief from the sun.  This environment (Gobi desert of Mongolia) is similar to the American Southern High Plains of west Texas and eastern New Mexico.  Note the rifles leaning against the folding chair in the background.  I’m sure we were taught as Boy Scouts to not do that!

roy-chapman-andrews-birthday-image-1-26Clothing of the adventurer.  Andrews is thought by some to be the image of the field scientist that created Indiana Jones for the Hollywood crowd.  Safari shirt and tall riding boots while he speaks to the wool-clad tribesman on an awesome camel.

WritingAgain, the spacious tent used as a field office while the Victrola plays away. At least the rifles are securely tied to a post this time.

VictrolaAndrews, Shakelton,  and the gang sitting round the record player.  They traveled in style in the 20s.EvereadyFlashlightOutfitted Dodge truck and camel for venturing out into the wild.  In this image, the local guide is being shown the new Eveready flashlights.  I think it’s time to raise the bar on my camp furniture.

 

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Edwardian Camp Equipment

This is a re-post from an earlier entry.  Say what you will about British imperial policy of the 19th and 20th centuries.  They certainly worked out minimalist travel with a fair amount of style and comfort on a very personal level.  These old catalogs give some great ideas for camp living.

From The Army and Navy Co-operative Society Store, London 1907

1907-11907-21907-31907-41907-61907-71907-51907-91907-101907-11There are some excellent items here that should give some inspiration for fabricating some classic and classy gear.  From an era before the activity of “camping” was fully segregated from “regular living”.

Much more of this to come…

Campaign Desk

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Here’s an interesting piece of “gone native” campaign furniture.  There was much bad about empire building (and still is) but the bringing together of foreign cultures often created new and interesting art and craft styles.

While on the topic, if campaign furniture is of an interest, or if you want to even know what it is, head over to Lost Arts Press and check out Chris Schwartz’s new book on the topic.

Here are just a few designs from the genre known as Campaign Furniture taken from Schwartz’s webpage.  Click the link below to go right to his book store.

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Edwardian Camp Equipment

From The Army and Navy Co-operative Society Store, London 1907

1907-11907-21907-31907-41907-61907-71907-51907-91907-101907-11Waiting for the plumbers gave me a few minutes to put up this post.  This is a lot more than a bunch of nifty images (but it is that as well).  There are some excellent items here that should give some inspiration for fabricating some classic and classy gear.  From an era before the activity of “camping” was fulling segregated from “regular living”.

Much more of this to come…