These images might whet the appetite for summer days, picnics, an caravanning off into the great unknown; or it might just be a bunch of pretty pictures if the former isn't your cup of tea. Anyway, these are generally labelled and classed as Gypsy images although we know that this is often seen as an … Continue reading Historic Romani Caravan Paintings
I'm always keeping an eye out on the web for interesting living vehicles, rolling homes, and related Traveller - Modern Nomad stuff. The right key words and a little luck on historic image sites land a lot of photos, but often with little real information about the vehicle in question. As I was rummaging through … Continue reading A few more Vardos (sort of) from Around the Web
If you cycle, you can probably empathize with this. The wind can be a nightmare but can also be a blessing.
A little something for Wagon Wednesday. A simple bow-top accommodation. Very little of the wagon is seen in the image but we can rest assured that it was painted green at one time. Hedley picked up some fine details here including bolts, boards, the tarp attachment, and a very nice little driving lamp. Last in … Continue reading An Open Lot Accommodation
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris I have come across these words many times in my long quest for a decent life. Sometimes when you read something it just rings true. William Morris really strikes a chord deep down in … Continue reading Choosing Our Stuff
John Harris-Stone, M.A. on the road in Britain ca.1910s. Living the idyllic life. Mr. Harris-Stone and dog setting up camp. Chimney, removed for travel, in the lower left foreground.
The Lady-Go-Lightly. It's difficult to get a real feel for the caravans without a glimpse inside. This image isn't very detailed but shows the essentials; kettle, mirror, some basic utensils, and folding chair. All standard fare for the early caravaners.
The ladies having lunch outside the Tally Ho! ca. 1910. A fine little wagon with mollycroft and Persienne shutters.
Getting back to our theme of traveler's, caravans, and other wanderers of the world... a few images from Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret a French Naturalist Painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I believe I would enjoy siting around this campfire. Once a common scene, now virtually lost in an era of loud, fume-belching machinery. … Continue reading Traveler’s Life
Some advice from 1890... How things change.
A ridiculous, yet somehow attractive machine. Slightly less ridiculous for the average person than a unicycle.
A wonderful handsaw design from 1887.
We live in an age of motor vehicles. Few of us could consider, for safety if nothing else, taking to the roads in a horse drawn vehicle. When the automobile seemed here to stay, caravanners in Europe adapted to the new technology. The earliest models look essentially like their horse-drawn cousins, just stuck onto a … Continue reading Early Motor Caravans
The second two claims are informative; "It is almost as palatable as milk" and "It does not nauseate or produce loathing for food..." This makes one wonder how bad the other healthy oils were.
From 1889. I like the combination handsaw, square, and 2 foot ruler. Great idea.
A real beauty. Sits like a desk and would be a great workspace for just about any maker.
Found at Vintage Everyday.
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 … Continue reading Edwardian Camp Equipment
Turning saw, rasp, mechanic's saw, panel saw, chisels, brace and bits, scratch awl, pliers, screwdrivers, dividers, bevel gauge, square, spokeshave, calipers, marking gauge, plane, vice, and workbench; all in a fancy tool chest. Wow.