>The Automobile Picnic for Two or More, 1916


I know this post has nothing to do with fashion, but it still is something I really think is absolutely charming.  I love kits of things- especially outdoory kits of things.  The old picnic baskets with the silverware placed “just so”, all matching, makes my heart sing.  Tents and things that convert or add-on to other things (like the automobile tent at the bottom of the image) bring out the kid in me and I want to take over the fortress and “hide out”.  How much fun would it be to do a vintage automobile picnic, as pictured on this page?  There’s only one thing I see missing- a portable phonograph.
*Edit- I just found out from Ann of A Sudden View that portables generally weren’t around until a few years later, as they were used by servicemen in WWI.  The picnic models weren’t around until the early 20s. (I’ve got a much beloved Victor 50, and I knew it was an early one and after many years of wanting one I finally saved up and bought one a few years back, but I didn’t realize it was one of the first! Neat!).  For a history of portable phonographs here’s an article online.
This article is from the Ladies Home Journal, July 1916, page 25.  Click on the image for a high res file to print or save.

4 Comments on >The Automobile Picnic for Two or More, 1916

  1. Amanda
    July 28, 2010 at 3:08 am (11 years ago)

    >Very cool!

  2. casey
    July 28, 2010 at 11:24 am (11 years ago)

    >Oh! How I wish things like this were more widely available (and affordable ;) nowadays! There is nothing I like more than going on a jaunt for a picnic! ;)♥ Caseyblog | elegantmusings.com

  3. Ann
    August 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm (11 years ago)

    >Thanks for this! It's so fun to see how people lived in that era. I especially enjoyed the menu…I collect old cookbooks for gems like this. Oh, and if this feature was done a few years later, a portable phonograph would have been a must. But in 1916, they were just beginning to make such a thing, and those were primarily marketed to servicemen. The "picnic" variety didn't come about until the early '20s. (Sorry, phonographs are a hobby of mine!)

  4. Wearing History
    August 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm (11 years ago)

    >I'm so glad you gals like this post!Thank you so much, Ann, for that information! I've edited the post so I could include the information you posted :)