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
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.