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Old 10-17-2011, 10:30 AM   #1
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Camping NOW vs. Traveling THEN...

What stuff did you suppose they took then compared to now? NOW, we take cheap cook ware, plastic/paper plates, 'slummin' clothes.... I was thinking about this the other day, did they take china tableware? Nicer clothes? (people did tend to dress better THEN.) Cheap stainless flatware? Anyone have any insight on this? maybe some pics?
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:37 AM   #2
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What stuff did you suppose they took then compared to now? NOW, we take cheap cook ware, plastic/paper plates, 'slummin' clothes.... I was thinking about this the other day, did they take china tableware? Nicer clothes? (people did tend to dress better THEN.) Cheap stainless flatware? Anyone have any insight on this? maybe some pics?
Most people stocked the trailer galley, with stuff from their kitchen at home.

Packed them differently, but still used the same stuff.

Clothes were the same.

Paper plates and the like, perhaps adds a little more convenience.

But, how a person can enjoy a well cooked steak, with "ALL" the trimmings, on a paper plate, seems sort of far out where a ton of imagination would have to be used.

Everyone knows that the way food is presented, has a considerable effect on the way it tastes.

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Old 10-17-2011, 11:18 AM   #3
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I remember that the manual for my 2004 Bambi explained how the full length closet was perfect for suits and evening gowns. Yeah right!

I ripped that closet bar out and installed shelves for jeans and T-shirts.

I think that travel lifestyle went away in the early 60's when air travel was deregulated and sweatpants became the norm for travel.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:34 AM   #4
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oh yeah...that was the time men wore hats and ties to baseball games! Im just wondering what they may have taken 'on the road'..since tupperware and Walmart werent readily available!
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:44 AM   #5
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I definatly travel in style in my Airstream and it's accessories. I have nice pots, pans, flatware etc, wine glasses and ect. I dress for outdoor activities, cargo shorts, hiking boots, tees and flannels. ( I never liked sweatpants, and have a hard time accepting people wearing them in resturants (not Mcd's) and other public palces-Too sloppy for me-OR I'm just too uptight!) I tend to keep my trailer VERY neat- so it looks like an ad from Airstream, but thats how my home is, neat and uncluttered. For me I need that to relax. Now where is that perfect spot in the woods I'm looking for......
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We wore Levi's 501s back then and still wear them today. Not a whole lot of difference.

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Old 10-17-2011, 01:07 PM   #8
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Neat question - this gave us a lot of enjoyment thinking back to our earliest family camping trips - the "then" was 30 sum years ago - the "now" is still a typical family camping trip when the "kids" come ......


Then - 2 adults, 2 children (one an infant):
  • 1 3-person tent,
  • 1 9X12 tarp,
  • naptha stove and lantern (Coleman),
  • aluminum "camp" utensils.
  • 1 axe
  • 1 picnic table (park supplied)
Now - 5 adults, 1 border collie:
  • 1 19' Bambi & 1 Coleman pop-up,
  • 1 dining shelter,
  • 1 Colemen Kitchen,
  • 1 5-burner propone BBQ,
  • 1 propane deep-fryer,
  • 1 2-burner propane stove,
  • corel cookware,
  • multiple camp chairs
  • 1 axe and chain saw
  • 2 picnic tables (park supplied)
Quite a change ......



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Old 10-17-2011, 02:06 PM   #9
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Neat question - this gave us a lot of enjoyment thinking back to our earliest family camping trips - the "then" was 30 sum years ago - the "now" is still a typical family camping trip when the "kids" come ......


Then - 2 adults, 2 children (one an infant):
  • 1 3-person tent,
  • 1 9X12 tarp,
  • naptha stove and lantern (Coleman),
  • aluminum "camp" utensils.
  • 1 axe
  • 1 picnic table (park supplied)
Now - 5 adults, 1 border collie:
  • 1 19' Bambi & 1 Coleman pop-up,
  • 1 dining shelter,
  • 1 Colemen Kitchen,
  • 1 5-burner propone BBQ,
  • 1 propane deep-fryer,
  • 1 2-burner propane stove,
  • corel cookware,
  • multiple camp chairs
  • 1 axe and chain saw
  • 2 picnic tables (park supplied)
Quite a change ......



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A chain saw and axe???

I was not aware that steaks were that tough in Canada.

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Old 10-17-2011, 03:04 PM   #10
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A chain saw and axe???

I was not aware that steaks were that tough in Canada.

Andy

..... guess that's one difference between Northwestern Ontario and California ...... the campfire is more than just good looks!!

..... but I gotta tell you - we have developed a new family favourite category for BBQ steak - "crispy-rare" ......


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Ive been looking in thrift stores for vintage stuff for my '58...just trying to figure out what they may have had in there...good china or REALLY nice china? glassware? and with the radio antenna on the front...may they have had a Zenith TransOceanic? THAT would a fun radio to place in there!
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:20 PM   #12
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back then most did not carry dress clothes and fancy dinnerware. A few did and still do.
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Oh, I think they had Melmac/Melamine dishes! We found this set in an antique shop. Definitely hit vintage stores - we have one here in St. Louis called TFA - The Future Antiques (link: TFA50's The Future Antiques) which has all 50s, 60s, and some 70s items - some great mid-century modern.

I also found a great tube radio clock on etsy.com that is RCA and it lights up! Etsy has great vintage items too.

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I remember that the manual for my 2004 Bambi explained how the full length closet was perfect for suits and evening gowns. Yeah right!

I ripped that closet bar out and installed shelves for jeans and T-shirts.

I think that travel lifestyle went away in the early 60's when air travel was deregulated and sweatpants became the norm for travel.
Actually, the airlines were deregulated in 1978. Suits, hats and gloves were still de rigueur for airline passengers in the early 1960s.

Like just about everything else, we did not have the selection then.
I can remember one type of outdoor furniture; the aluminum tubing/nylon webbing type that fat Aunt Fanny eventually fell through.

For some reason, camping or not, most cars had a "car blanket" rolled up and stored on the spot between the back seat and the window.
These blankets looked the same; were red/green or blue plaid with a fringe. The family photos show them being used as picnic blankets/picnic-table covers.

Don't remember many camping trips, but we went on many picnics. I don't think there were as many ice chests/coolers then; people were either not as uptight about proper food storage, or were not as informed. Come to think of it, my mother never packed the picnic in an ice chest. It was always packed in a cardboard box; my aunt utilized a bit more class - she had a big wicker basket. It's a miracle we survived the potato salad and ham w/o keeling over with food poisoning.
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