Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sepia Saturday - The Tent

For this Sepia Saturday Suggestion we have three children standing in a field with some poppies and a tent.

Lost Gallery has a display of photographs of Three Children already.

We looked to see if there were any tents anywhere in the LOST GALLERY photographs. Sure enough, there were a few.

So today for Sepia Saturday, lets look at some photographs that include a tent of some description.

A tent can be a make-shift play-house using a blanket and the clothesline in the back yard or it can be a serious temporary installation of canvas and wood.

Two children, tent and tricycle

WW1 Camp

Probably the best known use of tents is in the military. It offers portable shelter for many troops on the move.

garbage duty

16 men ww1
Just moments earlier they were all doing a soft-shoe routine for the sergeant.

Six men in uniform
Seven at WW one

Nine sailors
I wonder why they were kept in a cage.
Crew in the South Seas

What is Going On Here?
Fenster found his pick-pocket skills were useless in the army. No one had any money.
Two guys and a tent

Bart was teaching the boys to fly.

But there are other activities where one will find a tent. Tents are used in Boy Scout Camps and Vacation Camps and just plain "roughing it" in the wilderness.

Bully Camp for Belligerent Boys

Bully Camp for Belligerent Boys
or maybe the Indiana Yodeling Institute for Young Individuals. (The ‘I YI YI’…)

six kids at camp
Children Chillin' at the ole camp ground.

Let's look inside a couple tents ...
Tent tete-a-tete.
Overpowering Kenny
Overpowering Kenny was easier than Gladys had envisioned.

Beach Set Row of tents 01

And there are tents at the beach, but there they are called a "cabanas".

Beach Set Row of tents 02

Camping out
camping out

Here's an ambitious tent using an automobile as a tent post.

And let's not overlook one of the earliest of tents: the Native American Teepee.

woman and teepee
From a damaged 35mm slide.

Negative files

And last we have an icy landscape at Bassingbourne Air Field. This is from a book of negatives that well document the activities at the base during the winter of 1944. This negative was labeled "P51s cub op tent".

These are P51 Mustang fighter planes parked near the runway at Bassingbourne. There is an operations tent in the distance. Think about what was going on in the winter of 1944.

P51s cub op tent 01

Now hike on back to the
Sepia Saturday camp site home page and see what else has happened while you were gone.

Or maybe you'd prefer just a list of all (well, most) of the categories and subjects and album pages in LOST GALLERY! Here it is!

A to C

Advance to the Rear The Rear View
Aircraft – Biplanes
Aircraft – Connie, the Lockheed Constellation
Aliens and Mystery – Area Fifty-One and a Half
Animals – Gone to the Chickens
Animals – The Pets by themselves
Animals – Posing on a Pony
Area Fifty-One and a Half – Don’t Look Now
Automobiles – Car Bumpers
Automobiles – Car Running Boards
Baby Buggy
Beach – Itinerant Beach Photographer (page 01)
Beach – Itinerant Beach Photographer (page 02)
Beach – The Old Days
Beach – The Slide Show
Beach – The Girlfriend
Boys in Dresses
Bumpers – Car Bumpers
Cabinet Cards
Camera – Photographs containing a camera
C'est la Guerre – Photographs about the wars
Chain Chain Chain – People doing the same things
Chair, Fringed
Chair, One Armed
Chickens - Gone to the Chickens
Children – Boys in Dresses
Children – A Child on the Front Steps
Children - Girls and their Dolls
Children – Kid in a Tub
Children – Mobile Toys
Children - On Running Boards
Children – Slide Show
Children – Trios - In groups of Three
Christmas – in found photographs
Cities – Unknown Street Scenes
Class Pictures – School Days!
Clothing – Bows
Clothing – Costumes
Clothing – Cowboy Outfits
Clothing – Boys in Dresses
Clothing – Furs – The Dead Animal Society
Clothing – Grass Skirts
Clothing – Hats
Clothing – Jodhpurs
Clothing – Saddle Shoes
Clothing – Sailor Tailored Fashion
Clothing – Swimwear – At the Beach
Clothing – Uniforms – Girl & her Guy in Uniform
Clothing – Uniforms - Our Man at the Front
Connie, the Lockheed Constellation
Couples – A Girl and her Guy in Uniform
Fake Fight

C to P

Fringed Chair
Furniture and Props – One Armed Chair
Furniture and Props – Props and Backdrops
Furniture and Props – The Fringed Chair
Furniture and Props – Wicker
Girl in a Boat
Girlfriend and the Car
Girlfriend at the beach
Goat Cart
Gone to the Chickens – Snaps including a chicken
Grass Skirt Gallery
Groups – Chain Chain Chain – People lined up
Groups – Class Pictures
Hats – Where everyone is wearing a hat
Hats – Really Big hats
Homes – We Call it Home
House – Our House
Itinerant Street Photographer
Itinerant Child Photographer With PONY!
Laundry – People and Clothes Lines
Music – Trombones
Music Makers
Novelty Photo Booth – Collection
Novelty Photo Booth – Examination
The Office Typewriters and business
On a Bumper
On a Car
On a Rock
On a Running Board
One-Armed Chair
Parade – Parties, Parades and Picnics
Parties – Parties, Parades and Picnics
People Stacks
Personal Pinups – the best girl. (Page One)
Personal Pinups – the best girl. (Page Two)
Personal Pinups – Girlfriend at the beach
Pets – The animals by themselves
Photo Mask
Photo Booth - Page one of several...
PhotoBombing – Pranks to ruin a photo
Photography – Photographs containing a camera
Photography – The Photo Mask
Photography – Tinted Photograph
Photography – Polaroids
Photography Errors – Lurker
Photography Errors – photographer's Shadow
Photography Errors – The Double Exposure
Photography Errors – Unauthorized Photographs
Picnics – Parties, Parades and Picnics
Places to Go - More about where than who.
Places – Our House - With people in front
Places – We Call it Home - More houses
Pony – Posing on a Pony

P to W

Poses – Advance to the Rear!
Poses - Belly Down, Heads Up! (A really odd pose.)
Poses – Cheesecake
Poses – Fake Fight
Poses – Girl in a Boat
Poses – In a Tree
Poses – Kid in a Tub
Poses – On a Bumper
Poses – On a Car
Poses – On a Pony
Poses – On a Running Board
Poses – Out Sitting on a Rock
Poses – People with Signs.
Poses – Personal Pinup
Poses – The Rear View
Poses – Sleeping people
Poses – Stacks of People People on People
Props and Backdrops
Rock – People out sitting on a rock
Running Boards - Automobiles
Running Boards with Children
Saddle Shoes
Sailor Tailored Clothing
Signs – People posing with signs.
Sleeping People
Sneaky Snaps–People not posing at all
Telephone - About telephones and operators
Things – Typewriter – A Modern Antique
Things – Telephones
Things – Watermelon in the picture
Tinted Photograph
Toys – Children and their Mobile Toys
Toys - Girls and their Dolls
Transportation – Aircraft
Transportation – Automobile Bumpers
Transportation – Automobile Running Boards
Transportation – Baby Buggy
Transportation – Biplanes
Transportation – Lockheed Constellation
Transportation – TRUCKS! (Coming Soon!)
Transportation – Wheelbarrow
Tree Thing
Types of Photographs – Cabinet Cards
Types of Photographs – CDV (Carte-de Viste)
Types of Photographs – Photobooth
Types of Photographs – Polaroids
Types of Photographs – Tintypes
Typewriter – A Modern Antique
Unauthorized Photographs – Sneaky snaps
Uniformed Man – Our Man at the Front
Vehicles – Biplane
Vehicles – Lockheed Constellation
Vehicles – Wheelbarrow
Washday Blues – Of Love and Laundry
Wicker Chairs
Wicker Furniture
World War One


  1. As always, a fun enjoyable post. The Indian teepee in the circus tent reminded me of the one the then Stanford Indians band used to set up over the opening to a hidden tunnel in the middle of the football field. The band would go through the tunnel & come up into the tent, then march out onto the field - one after another, after another, after another . . . Everyone knew, of course, the tunnel was there, but it was still fun to see a whole college band come marching out of one little teepee.

    1. Thanks La Nightingale. I think I have seen that stunt with the marching band! It must have been in a movie because I have never been there.

  2. From the ridiculous to the sublime, you've found them all! Gladys and Kenny - oh my!

    1. Thanks Wendy. Gladys and Kenny and the photographer - oh my!

  3. Is your Bassingbourne the Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire? I can relate to that photo as it's similar to scenes for my brother's war photos (from the Middle East).

    1. Thanks Bob Scotney. Yes, that's the one. I found more than two hundred 35mm negatives taken on the base in the winter of 1944 by a still unknown photographer. I have posted bits of the set here and there but I am working on a set of Lost Gallery pages that will show all of them. Meanwhile they are all stored in a set on Flickr if you would like to review all of them:

      When found, they were a complete mystery. Over the years since their discovery many of the aircraft have been identified, dates and places have been established.

  4. I wondered at the photo of the tent over the car - was it more important to keep the car under cover than the humans? A varied selection of tent photos - thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks genepenn. I wondered that too. Perhaps it was a bit of shelter for both.

  5. Kenny should have questioned Gladys’s INTENTions.

    1. Thanks Little Nell. Ha! That's good!

  6. All very creative spins on the theme this weekend. I like the two car as tent pole snaps which look like the same family. In those days camping was not the sophisticated recreation it is today, and with the limited motel accommodations on the old US routes, I can imagine it was the cheapest way to travel for families going across the country.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. I think it is the same family too. And you are very right about the limited motel accommodations along the old state highways, before the interstate system developed. And they were expensive too. So families slept in their cars and caravans.

  7. Well you really covered the subject! So many to choose from. I YI YI so many to love. The slide looks very much like a painting. Too bad it's damaged, but with some cropping and a bit of creative work adding some new heads it really could be quite amazing. So colorful.

    1. Thanks Tattered and Lost. Yes, you are right. That slide looks like an illustration for a magazine. I was thinking of doing some restoration work on it too but it is way down on that list. I usually avoid photographs that are later than 1960 but that one was so striking I included it.

  8. Nice collection of tent photos. My favorite is the with a car as fence post.

    1. Thanks Postcardy. I like that one too because I actually did some camping just like that once. Long time ago. It was a "72 Pinto hatchback.

  9. I love the photo of the automobile tent site.

    1. Thanks luvlinens. A bit of an oddity today.



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