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Roughing It: 1905

Roughing It: 1905

New Zealand circa 1905. "Sumner, Christchurch. Interior of large tent decorated with posters and picture postcards, with tallboy and mirror, trunks with flags, lamps and 'Myrtle Camp' sign." For the men of Myrtle Camp, all the comforts of home and then some. Glass plate by Adam Maclay. View full size.

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Not a tallboy

That's a lowboy with a mirror, not a tallboy.


Today we call this 'glamping'. I guess luxury camping isn't so new after all.

The pinup on the far right

Hanging from the dark part of the tent roof. Would be an interesting blowup.

Pretty racy stuff

Armless statue porn.

My God Shall Supply All My Needs

And if that's not enough, there's always the Victorian pinups hung up everywhere.

Faith Based

After seeing the posted signs in this tent, I would say that this might have been either an Evangelical meeting place or a religious retreat.

[One of the pinup-friendly denominations? -Dave]

Or maybe they lapsed.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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