Dec 03, 2013

A Introduction to Campfires: An Illustrated Guide from 1942

created at: 12/03/2013

The 1942 version of the Boy Scout Handbook featured these amazing illustrated guides to basic firemaking skills, as well as the various styles and applications of campcraft.   The originals seem to appear as long sidebars (see below) so I had to do a bit of collaging to get the image above to appear on our homepage, but I'm amazed by how much these simple line drawings still communicate. Photography = completely unnecessary. 

Not yet...NOW!


See them both in full resolution at Newhouse Design's Tumblr: I and II [via Jeremy Pruitt on Pinterest]


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Nikki Gillette on Dec 05, 2013:

What a great find!  Such amazing images.  I am definately bookmarking this page to use as inspiration in my art.  Thanks for sharing!

Terran on Dec 03, 2013:

I dig it. It reminds me of Rube Goldberg and old Abe Martin drawings. I'd love to see a movement back toward hand-drawn diagrams and how-tos.