Friday, November 6, 2015

1883 Canoe Camp Illustration

This Ebay listing features an antique print of various scenes from a New Brunswick fishing trip dated to 1883. It includes sketches of Guides poling upriver with their humped Mi'kmaq style bark as well as illustrations of scenes in camp. 

"The  Marquis of Lorne's Salmon Fishery in New Brunswick"
Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, Volume 2, April 14 1883 

One particular scene on the lower left has been labelled with the caption "Camping Out" and shows the bark canoe flipped over with a tarp shelter rigged over the canoe poles...

The scene is reminiscent of other photos of canoe camps from the region. Here's one from an online exhibit entitled, Wolastoqiyik, Portrait of a People dated to 1862...

Campsite at Blue Mountain,on a bend of the Tobique River. 1862.
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, P5-253
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An another labelled "Up the Tobique" from James E. Jones' book Camping and Canoeing (1903)

Up the Tobique Canoe Camp
 James Edmund Jones. Camping and Canoeing : what to take, how to travel, how to cook, where to go by  (1903) 

For anyone interested, more vintage pics of canoe camp shelters can be found in this post here

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