Camping in the 1940s

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  1. kcsa75

    kcsa75 Well-Known Member

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    This was posted on the Facebook by someone in my hometown of Manhattan, KS. Photo was taken sometime shortly after WWII. The campers are in a small city park. When I was growing up years later, there was a miniature train in this space. At the other end of the park was a big shelter where the Optimist Club would sell Christmas trees.

    I just think it's kind of cool seeing the old cars and campers. And the gal in the dress is sure a blast from the past.

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  2. Wrenchgear

    Wrenchgear Near Elmira, Southern Ontario

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    I agree, its very cool seeing those old ones.
     
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    Looks like cinder blocks leveling out the campers! I don't see any hookups either. Cool shot!
     
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    That's awesome! Would have loved to see what it was like towing a setup like that lol!
     
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    Did that campground have WiFi?
     
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    I bet you they had no annoying lights at night time!
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    What gets me is how little color there is with each unit. They all look like navy blue with a silver roof. Just a very slight different style. I would have thought to see a little more color amongst each unit. The woman's dress though is hanging me up. There is way too much knee. My grandma would have a conniption fit if she saw that. I was born in the 70's and you can bet your bottom dollar she brought her ruler out if she saw knee like that. I wonder if that is a tennis outfit, that may explain it.
     
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    Are these airstreams? I wonder what she's doing in the photo? I don't think she's emptying the black water tank into the sewer...
     
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    i think she is walking a dog.
     
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    Maybe she's working [:D][LOL]
     
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    kcsa75 Well-Known Member

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    No matter what she was doing I suspect all that leg drew plenty of attention.
     
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    I don’t think that’s a dress she is wearing. It looks like what was called a playsuit. The bottom was not a skirt, it was like culottes. The outfit was one piece.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    @Pommom70 thank you for this description, I learned something new. In all my family photos I only saw the playsuits on the kids. Never realized woman wore them too. When growing up mom said she wasn't allowed to wear anything but dresses. Although that might be because of where they lived and how they were raised.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Interesting photo,Thanks for sharing, it brings back memories. the "Tin Can Tourists" as they were called had a regular route they traveled every year to Fl. being born in 1942 I do not remember much about camping and I know we never had a vehicle just for camping, We slept beside the fire on quilts thrown down on the ground, (no tents) if the weather got rough we slept under the vehicle and if the weather got worse we slept in the vehicle (GMC Suburban ) on top of Dad's carpenter tools. We cooked over an open fire or smudge pot. We also caught or hunted what we ate and had an old Coleman metal cooler for ice
    but we really enjoyed the trips and looked forward to the next trip.
     
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    Goes to show that poor people don’t camp, even in the 40’s. Color photographs back then were fairly expensive.
     
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    I believe that is poor people didn't camp in RVs. There were plenty of camping done with and without tents by folks with little money.

    As for the woman in the playsuit - that length was perfectly acceptable in those days. There is a photo of my grandmother wearing a pair of short tight shorts in the late thirties - early forties. It wasn't until the fifties that it became "scandalous". And many of the women who showed skin in the forties, like my grandmother, did not approve of the clothing choices of following generations. It could be where and when the clothes were worn. Shorts were acceptable for picnic, etc., but not to go shopping or to the movies. Or it could be they turned into their mothers.
     
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    As I look at the photo more, I think the trailer coloring is due to them being rentals not personally owned. If you look, the building is the same exact color as the trailers. And that would explain the parking lot on the other side of the building.
     
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    Eskimorob PUP life

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    Toedtoes beat me to the punch....I’m wondering if this is an organized “travel lodge” where people can rent a camper and experience RV camping. Seems the leveling was pretty involved and the closeness of the campers in line would make it very difficult to park them. Also all of them are the same make and color, maybe bought in bulk.

    Think National Lampoon’s Vacation when the Griswolds rented tents for a night.
     
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    Camped as a kid in the 50s & remember there was a small park similar to this where some folks lived & others rented, plenty of women/girls still wore similar clothes...had 3 uncles & a grandad that survived WW2, all bought rural property or moved back to rural areas & built hunting/get away cabins, 1 built a vacation home on the Rappahannock river at Colonial Beach...wish I had pics, only my brother & I left...
     
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    My mom, who was born in 1929, and was born and raised in Virginia and West Virginia, always told me the same thing. They wore shorts only at home and maybe if they went on a picnic (they didn't camp), but not the Church picnics.
     
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