Another Shanty Boat

In the 1920s and 1930s, housing and land was expense and out of reach of most working folks.  Prior to the modern loan system, real estate was bought with all or most of the capital up-front.  Lower expectations about utilities and amenities made shanty boat living an inviting prospect, especially in river towns with decent … Continue reading Another Shanty Boat

Quinzhee Snow Shelter

Winter is here. For some of you it is here with real gusto.  Growing up in Missouri and being sent out to 'play' no matter what the weather or who was around I learned a lot about how to entertain myself.  Snowfall in the Mississippi valley could be heavy and wet throughout the winter and … Continue reading Quinzhee Snow Shelter

Sibley Tent, an Early Review

A tent has been invented by Major H. H. Sibley, of the army, which is known as the “Sibley tent.” It is somewhat similar to the Comanche lodge, but in place of the conical frame-work of poles it has but one upright standard, resting upon an iron tripod in the centre. The tripod can be … Continue reading Sibley Tent, an Early Review

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter

I received an advance copy of Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter when I went to my post office box today.  I have been thumbing through it all all evening, looking at the photos and pondering the meaning of Shelter. Maybe the tides of change are subtle in the beginning.  But I never thought I would be … Continue reading Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter