This last Spring a friend of mine who was downsizing and moving to town (
) gave me his old Eureka tent. I pitched it and slept in it once. I thought some of you might like to see a fifty some year old tent before the widespread use of nylon came along.
Its in wonderful condition, no tears or repairs, and other than a little dirt here and there its much the same as when it was made. We think probably the 1960's. The floor is heavy vinyl that comes up the sides a bit, the rest is canvas. There are vents in the back, a zippered mosquito net door and a canvas door. The tent is suitable for cold camping in the winter. The floor size is about 80x100 inches.
Its a heavy tent (I have not weighed it but would guess somewhere about ten to twelve pounds) but it packs into a relatively compact tube. A tent for the car camping or ATV trips. The rain fly is canvas and covers the top area as shown in the photos. The frame is all on the exterior and is a PIA to erect compared to todays modern tents. With nothing shock corded you have to remember what goes where. Once you have pitched it a few times it becomes somewhat easier. One person can put it up with a minimum of trouble if they work at it a bit. Its free standing but difficult to move by yourself. I have it pitched outside near the pasture on our farm and am thinking of sleeping in it once again as its been almost a year since we last used it.
The pictures we took are from the day I picked it up and we pitched it and took these photos so we would have a reference on how to do it in the future. I used them again yesterday when it was put up. This tent should hold up well in high wind and after its treated with the alum formula posted last week here it should be good to use.