We’re more than halfway through one of the strangest years to ever have kicked off a decade, and it’s got us feeling nostalgic about the past and simpler, less complex times. As summer is coming to a bittersweet end, we want to take a look back on camping through the years – how it’s evolved, advanced and maybe even things we miss.
Thomas Hiram Holding
How it all began
From Roughing It to Glamping
Early camping was done out of necessity, as hunters, fishermen and traders tracked their game and goods. It was not until the late 19th and early 20th centuries that recreational camping became the leisure activity we all love today. From silk tents to aircraft grade aluminum alloy, campers throughout the years have found refuge in several forms of shelter.
Trends and Innovation
Tartan. Buffalo check. Gingham. We can all agree that plaid is a staple when it comes to camping attire. Dating back to the 1920’s, men and women alike could be seen sporting the pattern on their knickers and skirts. Through the years, more functional and fun apparel could be found in campers’ backpacks, as they spent their days in rolled denim or showing a little leg with the well-known capri pant introduced in the 1950’s.
Camp tees are now collectors items and a fashion statement for those who haven’t even stepped near a tent or campfire. Vogue even doles out advice on “what to wear camping this summer” featuring everything from swimsuits to $400 sweatshirts. Pinterest boards are growing, as pinners find inspiration in mixing function with fashion.
FUN FACT: Abercrombie & Fitch got its start in 1892 as a leading outdoor adventure, fishing & hunting gear supplier. Having sold women’s hiking boots and socks, the store dressed America’s notable visionaries & leaders, like President Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhart. It’s only more recently that they’ve been pumping out tunes and woodsy fragrances to lure ripped-denim-coveting teens.
FUN FACT: Paul Bunyan, Lewis & Clark, Hiawatha, Pocahontas, Robin Hood were all names tossed around as a potential namesake for the beloved parks, but none seemed to be quite right. In 1969, the idea struck after Saturday morning cartoons and the park’s founder landed on today’s Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™.