Vintage Tents

Britain’s Tents go Vintage for the Diamond Jubilee

Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Events, Tents.

Lots of vintage military tents were out on duty last week keeping villagers in Charlton Musgrove, Somerset & West Meon, Hampshire dry for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

Charlton Musgrove's Diamond Jubilee Tent

The 60 year old tents preformed valiantly staving off the wind and rain and creating a great atmosphere for the celebrations.  They got lots of good comments and at West Meon villagers partied their way into the night on the dancefloor.

What is a Shabby Chic Tent?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Fashion, Tents.

If you are involved in the Vintage scene you will come acoss the expression Shabby Chic fairly regularly. We often hear it from clients when we are designing an event.  As its banded about so much we thought we’d add a bit about it on our blog.  See the Wikipedia article for more info.

The words shabby and chic when combined together is a phrase that was used in the 1980’s by Rachel Ashwell for a type of home décor described as traditional, simple but ornate, casual and elegant; rumpled but tidy. Believe it not the two words used together are a registered trademark and should not be used to describe any goods other than those of the official Shabby Chic® range. Rachel has a blog

Shabby chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique.

Shabby Chic style canvas and bunting at the Secret Garden Party

The style started in Great Britain and evokes the type of decoration found in large country houses where there are worn and faded old chintz sofas and curtains, old paintwork and unassuming ‘good’ taste.  Recycling old furniture and fabrics is an important aspect of the look

Does my tent look shabby with these?Does my tent look shabby with these?

Dust off your Vintage Tent & head to Wiltshire

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Events, Music, Tents, Vintage.

THE VINTAGE  NOSTALGIA SHOW begins this summer in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Their website encourages classic canvas lovers to get the tent out of the shed and give it an airing (might be worth checking the proofing first though).  The website says,

If you love vintage then dig out the old bell tent from the loft and come along! Everyone is welcome. Bring your old ridge tent, teepee, yurt, vintage caravan, classic car, vintage motorbike, steam engine, tractor, push bike. Whatever your interest come and celebrate with us. On Saturday night we have the  Obscuritones playing live fast paced 50’s rockabilly.

Here at VintageTents we are mighty tempted to set up our vintage tent & caravan and spend the weekend.

US World War II Tents still in production

Saturday, July 30th, 2011
Tents, Vintage.

World War II US Squad Tent

A visit to War & Peace Show this month was very inspiring for us vintage canvas lovers. We saw lots of original and recreated tents from the twentieth century. We saw some lovely buff yellow faded British Army GS Marquees (would like to add that colour to our range of faded sections), but the ones that most caught the eye this time were the many US squad tents.  The curved undulating walls and poleless ridges evoked the lines of Bedouin tents.

Upon return I thumbed the weighty tomes of the web and was chuffed to read that the company that made these tents back in the 1940’s has put these tents back into production for today’s growing retro and reenactor market.

Armbruster Mfg. Co. has built tents for the U.S. Government and the Red Cross since the turn of the century. The first government orders began during WWI, then larger orders during WWII when 3 shifts of workers were used to complete wartime contracts. All types of tents were manufactured by Armbruster.

Recreated Vintage Circus Tent for Water For Elephants film

Friday, June 10th, 2011
film, Tents.

There is a great piece of reporting on a recent movie that wanted a scene with a traditional big top circus.  The film is Water For Elephants and the tent is a plays a big part in evoking the era of the travelling circus. In typical Hollywood fashion a tent was made and erected to the old style, even using an elephant to erect the tent.

Read the article on here. There are more pics too.


Welcome to our new blog

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Fashion, Festivals, Music, Tents, Vintage.

We have set this site up to provide articles, pictures and information regarding vintage tents.  The blog is not exclusively just about tents but covers the widely burgeoning vintage scene here in the UK.