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All the Comforts of Home: 1915

All the Comforts of Home: 1915

Circa 1915. "Four unidentified men in front of a tent, showing a washing basin, pots and teapot with cups of tea, camping ground unidentified, possibly Christchurch district." Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

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Tent canopy

Those in the know will utilize one or more canopies over their tents especially in hot weather. This old photo shows the tents pitched out in the open which exposes their meager abodes to the relentless sun for most if not all day. U.S. soldiers in Vietnam would often "fly" two or three canvas covers (triple canopy) with airspace between each fly for air to circulate through. This would keep the direct sun off the surface of the tent itself by providing air currents to travel between them. The tents, at least, wouldn't be boiling hot.....just hot. Also, it kept the monsoon rains from soaking through.

Great old photo!

I Dunno

Clean-cut youths, neatly dressed, serious mature companion -- looks awfully like a camp meeting to me. Only the bottles scattered around give me hope for the future of this series.

All the comforts except

a table.

The morning after

In the beverage department, in addition to the teapot, I count four other bottles, corked and uncorked. Is that why they need the alarm clock?

I also like the way they put up the fly on the tents.

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