9 thoughts on “Municipal Auto Camp, 1921

  1. A couple of things that haven’t been mentioned previously, the camera used glass plate negatives which produced beautiful clear images and remarkable detail, professional quality. Secondly the architecture, The building in the background and the sheds themselves were designed by someone who put considerable time and thought into these structures. They fit so perfectly into the woods surrounding them because they are made from those same trees. The sheds are a very unusual and seemingly simple design which were considerably more difficult to construct than one might assume. The absence of posts at the corners and perimeter means that the posts(columns) were buried very deep into the earth to resist the overturning forces created by wind. The four columns support the entire roof structure and the stove platforms. The only sawn lumber was the under-lament for the split shingles. Connecting the roof bracing to the columns was accomplished by simply slicing off the end of the brace, plane-ing the column where the attachment was to be connected and then spiking the to members together. This is not a great connection as the spikes can split both the braces and columns over time especially since the whole structure is top heavy and will experience considerable movement under wind loads. I like the fact that the designer used the bracing as a design element and chose to carry it over to the administration building in the background. The administration building is a really nice piece of rustic architecture in itself with beautiful large windows and board and batten rough sawn siding. No paint on these structures they weathered naturally along with the trees surrounding them.

  2. Our family moved into a house in 1949. The previous owner left a few things behind. One of those items left behind was a tent similar to the one attached to the car. I never understood why there wasn’t a closed front to it and only short poles for the back, but no long poles to hold up the front. That was until I saw this photo. I did not realize it was made to attach to the side of car.
    One more mystery of my childhood solved.

  3. Thats a “Baker Tent”. Its quite common design. Handy for, but not specific to fitting alongside a car.

  4. Lou in previous posts about this camp ground costs were discussed. Posts were a few days ago.

  5. The baker tent is half of a wall tent and have been around long before the automobile. common in civil war reenactments

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