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Archival Outdoor Life

Summer is passing but it is not too late to bring your campsite and camp wear up to the standards of the Outdoor Life Cyclopedia (1943). Friend Dave Baker brought this amazing sporstman’s guide to our attention. It offers practical advice on everything from training gun dogs to field dressing elk. My favorite sections address …

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Shopping From the Past

Archival Camping

I’ve been spending the last few days browsing photographs by Max Dupain and Olive Cotton from the Library of New South Wales (via flickr Commons photostream). My favorite set comes from an album documenting summer outings to Culberra beach, Australia, during the summer of  1937.  One could not art direct a better vision of camping …

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Archival Camp Ensemble

Here’s my idea of the perfect summer camp ensemble. All the items are made for women but could easily be sourced in a gent’s version: Clockwise from top: Eastland Yarmouth Camp Moc, Tradlands Vacationland Shirt, Tourjours Linen Chambray Shorts, Freeman Rain Jacket. Add a few Archival accessories for the perfect camp kit  –  Cotton Bucket …

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From the Archives – Les Compagnons

   I never tire of reprinting print ephemera from the collection of Pillpat (agence eureka).  Next to the Library of Congress, no other flickr stream issues forth so many amazing, hard to source images of French clothing catalogs, playing cards, maps, children’s books, educational texts and party games from the early to mid twentieth century.  …

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Archival Camp

I’m heading off to my childhood summer camp for a much needed, late August media disconnect. In lieu of a twitter feed I’m posting these photos of my future self enjoying camp activities.

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Shopping from 1933: LL Bean

I just received my LL Bean Spring 1933 catalog in the mail (egregious delivery delays!). I’m forwarding along to Archival readers in need of last minute moccasin sandals, pack baskets, tackle kits, Maine fishing coats, tobacco pouches or fly rod outfits for their August camps. To order your goods, complete the form below and send …

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Archival Outing

We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a Sunday afternoon paddle by canoe on the McKenzie River. The promise of fish and fine riparian views outweighed our reluctance to venture out into the drizzle. What care we when we have the best waxed cotton outerwear for the worst Oregon Spring in recent memory. Rick’s …

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Camp Moc Review

Unlined, oiled leather camp mocs are my favorite shoes for summer. I wear several pairs in rotation from June to August. Where one would normally sport tennis shoes (for cycling, dog walking or skateboarding), I wear mocs. As the catalog patter goes: “these shoes have the snappy appearance of a moccasin with the support of …

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