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I was reading the "I dare you not to Laugh" and it got me to thinking about tents that were used in the 50's though the 70's. There is so little information on the internet about these tents, let alone reviews. They are due some respect.
Back in the 60's my dad took us camping for weeks at a time. I dont even remember the tent my oldr brother and I slept in. But I remember well my moms and dads tent. It was a monster canvas tent. It was around 16'x16'. And set up like a tarp. Two 9' tall poles on oppisite corners, and 2 18" poles for the other corners. The top of the tent overhung the main body by a foot or two. The roof was all white, and sides were a bright red. One large door with a zippered screen, and I think a vent on the other end. In all our, and my travels I have never seen another one. It was a thing of beauty.
I remember my dad looking at those new "pop-up tents" (dome) and saying how they were toys. And that no true camper would be caught dead in one. Oh-my how things have changed.
I'm writing this becouse I'm perplexed on what to do with my 1973 Browning West River tent. It is in near mint condition. I used it the other day. And to tell you the truth it took me back in time. Being 40 years old the tent looked great. And I'm planning to do a review on it. But just how does one do a review on a older tent like this? I didnt expect it to be water tight anymore, and it wasnt. But in its day this looks to be one heck of a tent.
But after my review just what do I do with the tent? Do I dare to keep using it? At 40 years of age the stitching will fail. Or do I send it out to a collector ( think Brian). Anyway I'm a bit off subject here.
I would like to hear of some memories that others have on some of the vintage tents that they might have used. Vintage cookware, stoves, backpacks.....are all well documented. But the tents are lost in time. A good discription of the tent will due, a picture even better.