Hikers and mountaineers from the 1940s
From the archives

From the archives: at ease in the Sierras

The Sierra Club-Angeles Chapter History Archives recently published these fab photos of Glen Dawn and other club members on the summit of Mt. Langley. The images were taken in the 1940s and feature club members posing during outings and at camp.Per usual, the photos illustrate a bygone approach to dressing for the outdoors absent of …

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Archival Playground

  Thanks to Elizabeth Peterson and Dave Baker for making Adventure Playgrounds (1965) available via the UO Channel.  This 16mm short film demonstrates the concept of the adventure playground, a place where children construct play spaces out of raw building materials (“no swings or seesaws, only things created by the hands of the children from …

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Archival Equines

Auzoux model of horse, life size. Specimen no. 2635 Cantering up to the summit of Whites Hill, Brisbane Ward says good by [i.e., goodbye] to Gen. Grant Two young ladies admire a horse at the racetrack Dobbs & Edwards Good friends Skijoring A shearer Barnum Bailey Show Horse powered wheat thresher Sheila Byrne on Harvey …

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Shopping from North Africa

Archival friend Page B found, bought, and scanned a packet of photographs from a soldier stationed in Algeria in the 1940s or 1950s (judging by the garments). Look closely for khaki-colored inspiration. Thanks, Page!

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Out of the Past: A Dover Pictorgraphic Gent

Last week, I met a fellow who appeared to have stepped directly out of the pages of the Dover Pictorial Archive of Men. This living lithograph–code name DJ–was in town to deliver a lecture on the scanning efforts of an enviable archive in a foreign land. Friend RG took a series of photographs of DJ’s …

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Out of the Past

From Irving Berlin’s lovely lyric, You Keep Coming Back Like a Song: From out of the past where forgotten things belongYou keep coming back like a song You keep coming back like a songA song that keeps saying, remember It’s too late for me to grow up in the nineteen forties–the historical site of all …

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