Sunday, August 28, 2011

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 how to prepare a campsite (ample use of moss, sticks, wool and canvas) and how to dress for the woods (avoid wearing threadbare business suits). Skim through the wordy instructional prose and go straight to the illustrations:






3 comments:

Chris Adamiak - Damn Yak Dry Goods Co. said...

What an amazing book, Right up there with the golden book of camping! Great illustrations!

The Sporting Life said...

Love Love Love!

NCJack said...

Like the Boy Scout books I started with, the amount of "woodcraft" could clearcut a right fair area. We used to make those things, e.g., the "kitchen counter", but they never seemed to look as squared away as the illustrations...sure had fun with our hatchets though