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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Camping at Sebago Lake: 1959

Camping at Sebago Lake: 1959

This was family camping for four at Sebago Lake State Park, Maine, summer 1959. The tent, a 9x9 center pole cotton tent, was borrowed, along with the rest of the camping gear, as we tested out how we liked it. My brother, sitting at the table (who liked his comforts) is wondering what the heck he's doing here. View full size.

 
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