Archival Field Trip

Camping in the old style

Bored by #vanlife? Want an outdoor adventure that doesn’t require Instagram documentation? Love the period costume parade of L’Eroica but don’t own a bicycle? Go to your local bookstore and buy a copy of David Wescott’s book, Camping in the Old Style. Wescott will teach you the basic skills needed for setting up a camp in the “old …

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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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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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Shopping from 1977 – Men’s Club Magazine

Per Peter Allen – Everything Old is New Again. I’ve been browsing through the pages of Men’s Club magazine from Japan. Who needs a costly Free & Easy subscription when everything about outdoor and inspired cycling garb has already been spelled out in 1977. Here are a few sample views: I love the mixed view …

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Summer Camp Review – 2012

While I edit together a new kinoks movie, here are a few placeholder views of my return trip to Camp Robbinswold. Thanks to Sara T. (and an amazing cast of extras) for performing as my camp hands and feet since my historical surrogate was unavailable.

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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 1952: Summer Camp Kit

Next week, I’ll be heading to the Hood Canal for a weekend at my old summer camp. Since I’m fulfilling my packing list from the pages of the 1952 LL Bean catalog, I’ll only need to shop for few perishable provisions (coffee beans, 35mm film and almonds). I have a two shoe rule for traveling …

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Archival Canoe Cruising

From “Canoe Cruising” by Lieutenant Warren H. Miller: “For the outdoor girl—the man and his wife adventuring wilderness travel for the first time—I could recommend no better selection than a good canoe trip. After one has mastered the rudiments of camping out, has gotten so that he can shelter himself and his from the elements …

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Archival Mountaineers

This spring mountaineering season: Pull on your knickers, grab your rucksack, lace up your tallest boots, help your pals with their bowlines-on-a-bight, and head for the hills. Here in Oregon, I’ll limit archivally-equipped outings to big, basic mountains – South Sister would be ideal, but the bold could go for Three-Fingered Jack, named after an …

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