Vintage Tents

Early 20th Century Canvas Tent Pics

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Images, Old_Photographs, Vintage.

John Ball, who kindly provided the pictures in my last post about the canvas tents at Heathrow Airport, has taken up my challenge to him of finding more pictures of all sorts of vintage canvas tent pics. John is an avid metal detector in Somerset & Dorset, cataloging his finds in local fields and presenting his finds to interested locals. His digging around has produced these great images we can show on here.

victorian canvas tent

1889 print. Looks like a circus or show event with a tent in the background

1915 circus

1915 circus


1920s Canvas Circus Tent

1920s circus tent


1920s circus tent

1920s circus tent




Pic dated 1945. Shows the US army WWII ‘pyramid’ style tent. Still made by Armbrusters in the US.


More Vintage Army Marquee Images at Heathrow Airport

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Images, Tents, Vintage.

We have just been kindly sent some more pics of vintage canvas army marquee images taken at Heathrow airport.  The pics date from just after the second world war when the former airbase began to be used as an aiport.  My thanks go to John Ball for the supply of these pics.

Classic green army marquees alongside vintage period cars

Classic green army marquees alongside vintage period cars

heathrow tents

design classics alongside each other canvas marquee and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's red telephone box.

design classics alongside each other canvas marquee and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s red telephone box.

1940s themed party

Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Images, Vintage.

As vintage tents make a great venue for a 1940s themed party we thought we’d get your creative inspiration juices flowing with this board on pinterest.

Check out Over The Moon Tents for vintage tents hire of British army canvas tents from the 1940s.

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Vintage Tents in the days of the Raj

Monday, December 19th, 2011
Images, Vintage.

India and particularly the desert state of Rajasthan have always had a special nomadic tent culture. In the era of the Mughal Emperors, whole tented cities were sometimes erected for royal weddings, special celebrations, durbars and hunting expeditions into the Thar Desert.

The UK’s Raj Tent club keep this tradition alive and sell or hire these colourful types of tents. Check out their website for more tent pics from yesteryear.

1950’s Marquees Revealed

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Images, Suppliers, Tents, Vintage.

What a beauty!

Discovered some fab pics on this website today.

Barkers Marquees started life in the early 1900s at Epsom Races. Charles Fredrick Barker erected beer and tea tents to house his catering company’s light refreshments. Soon the Marquees Hire business took over from catering. By 1950s, C F Barkers and Sons were one of London’s leading Marquee Hire Businesses.

Barkers are still going to this day and flying the flag for manufacture still in good ole Blighty!

1918 Circus Cowgirl with tent

Friday, June 10th, 2011


This girl was from a family that was an American traveling circus family with last name of Brown who travelled around the US in early 19 teens. It shows a stripey circus style tent in the background.

The original image was sold by this website.

Slideshow Picture Information

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Images, Publications, Vintage.

Most of the pictures used in the slideshow you see on the website are pics we have taken but we have used a few from books to add a bit more vintage flavour.  If you’d like to investigate the images further or better still buy the books yourself below is the information.

The Tipi :  Traditional Native American Shelter
Adolf Hungrywolf

Touch The Earth : A Self Portrait of Indian Existence

Review from Amazon

This is a most incredible collection of writings and transcribed speeches made by North American Indians over the last 400 years.

Many of the pieces express the beauty and simplicity of their shamanic beliefs, their fundamental respect for the Earth and all her inhabitants, and their generosity to all – a philosophy we would all do well to learn from today. However, the over-riding sense of the book is one of sadness and, at times, anger,

Past Tents : The Way We Camped
Susan Snyder

A lovely book with fabulous pictures of many late 19th / early 20th century camping, American style.  Strange as many of these pics date from not long after these areas were settled.  Very evocative shots of the deserts around the southwest US.