If you know me well enough or have spent enough time around here, you know that I did old books about bicycles and camping. Here’s a book I got earlier this year called “Camp and Trek” written by Jack Cox and published by Lutterworth Press, London UK, 1956. This book was intended as a guide for British youngsters to explore the countryside. It’s chock-full of information on hiking, camping, canoeing, orienteering, and yep, cycling! There are some black-and-white photos that are cool, but even cooler is the line art! (Unfortunately all art/photos are uncredited.) As a bonus, there is a section of advertising in the back. Brooks saddles, Phillips bicycles, and Lucas
Prince of Darkness King of the Road dynamo lighting are a few of the ads.
I love seeing stuff like this. While some things change (there’s a pretty extensive section about tents, and the “lightweight” category would give any modern ultralight person hives), the basics stay the same. Solid fuel stoves? Check. (Dig the gravity feed alcohol stove too.) Panniers? Check. Adventure? Of course.