Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Caravans and Camping from the 1940s-1950s

The images in this set relate to the subject of caravans and camping. They have been selected from the Arthur J Fenwick collection of circus material.

Arthur James Fenwick (1878-1957) was a director of Fenwick's Department Store, Newcastle. In his personal life he was extremely interested in fairs and circuses, collecting historical material about them and building personal relationships with showmen who visited Newcastle, particularly Bostock & Wombwell's circus, and the Hoppings held annually on the Town Moor. He was made a life member of the Showmen's Guild in 1944.

Desert Dream caravan on the road, 1950

Desert Dream caravan on the road, 1950

A.J.Fenwick sat on the steps of a showman's caravan

Young lady and birdcages

Outdoor stove. Two girls stood next to an old stove in amongst a group of caravans.

Group of travellers. This group of fair/circus travellers are sat amongst caravans and big top style tents.

Travelling showman's caravan

Mackney's caravan

Walker Hoadley's caravan

Chipperfield Circus caravans, Town Moor, Newcastle

Character reader and Clairvoyant

Manders Menagerie

Circus Showman's caravan. A beautiful traditional style horse drawn wooden caravan.

Travelling showman's covered caravan

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