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Camping Out Collection

In 1939, a family found themselves embarking on an extraordinary adventure as they set up camp near Klamath Falls, Oregon

Background imageCamping Out Collection: Family living in tent while building the house... near Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon, 1939

Family living in tent while building the house... near Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon, 1939
Family living in tent while building the house around them. Near Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon

Background imageCamping Out Collection: Family living in tent while building... near Klamath Falls, Klamath county, Oregon, 1939

Family living in tent while building... near Klamath Falls, Klamath county, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Family living in tent while building the house around them. Near Klamath Falls, Klamath county, Oregon

Background imageCamping Out Collection: Family living in tent while building the house around them, near Klamath Falls, Oregon, 1939

Family living in tent while building the house around them, near Klamath Falls, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Family living in tent while building the house around them. Near Klamath Falls, Klamath county, Oregon

Background imageCamping Out Collection: Camped in the rain behind billboard... on U.S. 99, near Famosa, Kern County, California, 1939

Camped in the rain behind billboard... on U.S. 99, near Famosa, Kern County, California, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Camped in the rain behind billboard: three families, fourteen children. On U.S. 99. Near Famosa [or Vamosa], Kern County, California

Background imageCamping Out Collection: Camping Out, Preparing Breakfast (colour litho)

Camping Out, Preparing Breakfast (colour litho)
3641801 Camping Out, Preparing Breakfast (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Camping Out, Preparing Breakfast)

Background imageCamping Out Collection: A Ladys Camping Tour in the Far, Far West, II, a Visit to the Washington Mountain Mines (engraving)

A Ladys Camping Tour in the Far, Far West, II, a Visit to the Washington Mountain Mines (engraving)
1054992 A Ladys Camping Tour in the Far, Far West, II, a Visit to the Washington Mountain Mines (engraving) by Dadd, Frank (1851-1929) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCamping Out Collection: Camping Out

Camping Out
LLM461081 Camping Out by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Camping Out. Illustration for Chatterbox (1909).); © Look and Learn

Background imageCamping Out Collection: Camping Out in Adirondacks (Harpers Weekly, Vol. XVIII), November 7, 1874. Creator: W. H

Camping Out in Adirondacks (Harpers Weekly, Vol. XVIII), November 7, 1874. Creator: W. H
Camping Out in Adirondacks (Harpers Weekly, Vol. XVIII), November 7, 1874

Background imageCamping Out Collection: Camping Out Adirondack Mountains 1874 Winslow Homer

Camping Out Adirondack Mountains 1874 Winslow Homer
Camping Out in the Adirondack Mountains, 1874. Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Wood engraving

Background imageCamping Out Collection: SCENES OF AUSTRALIAN LIFE, 1876: 1. Horse Sale, Rockhampton, Queensland

SCENES OF AUSTRALIAN LIFE, 1876: 1. Horse Sale, Rockhampton, Queensland. 2. Hobbling a Horse: Arrival in Camp. 3. In the Bush: En Route. 4. Camping Out Alone: at an Alligator. 6

Background imageCamping Out Collection: GRAND CANYON: CAMPERS. Campers rising in the morning after spending a night outdoors

GRAND CANYON: CAMPERS. Campers rising in the morning after spending a night outdoors in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Stereograph, c1903

Background imageCamping Out Collection: ROSCOE FATTY ARBUCKLE (1887-1933). American cinema actor in Camping Out, 1919

ROSCOE FATTY ARBUCKLE (1887-1933). American cinema actor in Camping Out, 1919


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In 1939, a family found themselves embarking on an extraordinary adventure as they set up camp near Klamath Falls, Oregon. With determination in their hearts and a tent as their temporary abode, they embarked on the daunting task of building their very own house. The surrounding beauty of Klamath County served as both inspiration and motivation for this resilient family. Captured through the lens of Dorothea Lange, these photographs tell a tale of resilience and perseverance amidst challenging circumstances. In one snapshot, we witness the family living in their humble tent while construction materials surround them. Each day brought them closer to realizing their dream home. Further south in Kern County, California, another scene unfolds behind a rain-soaked billboard along U. S. 99. A family finds solace in camping out during uncertain times. Dorothea Lange's photograph captures not only the physical shelter provided by the tent but also the emotional refuge it offers to those seeking respite from life's storms. The concept of "camping out" extends beyond mere survival or necessity; it becomes an opportunity for leisure and exploration too. From colorful lithographs depicting families preparing breakfast amidst nature's embrace to engravings showcasing adventurous ladies touring Washington Mountain Mines – camping out takes on various forms throughout history. Traveling back even further into time reveals Harpers Weekly's depiction of camping adventures in Adirondacks dating back to November 7th, 1874. These illustrations transport us to a simpler era where people sought tranquility among towering trees and pristine lakeshores. However, not all instances are borne from choice or recreation alone; sometimes it arises from dire circumstances such as natural disasters or displacement due to war or tragedy. In Golden Gate Park during 1906, refugees found temporary sanctuary at ball grounds after being uprooted by calamity – reminding us that even amid chaos and uncertainty there is room for compassion and community.