Blast from the Past: July, 1960

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One of the most interesting articles in the July issue was a profile by Earl Fleming about trapping live Kodiak bears.
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A basic bait-and-net system was used to trap the bears, which is something you don’t see every day in the 21st century.
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One of the more amusing advertisements was this cigar ad. Somehow, the notion of being sawed in half by a devious woman was supposed to sell cigars. Go figure.
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Author G. Howard Gillelan wrote a 2-page piece on what to look for when buying a bow. Funny thing, the bows were all traditional bows. _Outdoor Life’_s most recent bow test, in the May, 2010 issue, profiled 10 bows, all compounds.
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Place your cigarette in the “Solar Cigarette Lighter” and use sunlight to light your next cig! …or, you could just use a tiny match, which is about 1/100 the size of this bulky, awkward (and presumably unreliable) thing.
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Canoe paddles float. Backpacks float. People float (sort of). A floating rifle actually seems like a brilliant idea. Too bad the concept never caught on.
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A portable hot water shower, “for inside -trailer -boat -tent -cottage.” Tent, really? Just how big were the tents back in 1960? …Also, who knew Audrey Hepburn liked to shower in the outdoors?
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A full-scale model Browning automatic pistol that’s actually a cigarette lighter! Just make sure you know which gun is which, or else you might accidentally be offering your next home intruder a smoke instead of protecting yourself.
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Whatever happened to cuckoo clocks?
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Look at all of the bulky camera equipment that was required to take a good outdoor photo in 1960.
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Yes, you read correctly–there was an Outdoor Life Book Club in 1960, about 45 years before Oprah made millions off the concept.
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It’s a gun…that unclogs your toilet. What’s not to love?
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A classic Eddie Bauer ad, showcasing the company’s famous Down jacket.
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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Here’s a down jacket currently being sold by Eddie Bauer–nearly indistinguishable from its 1960 counterpart.
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Anyone who has ever been around Orlando–possibly en route to fishing at the Keys–knows that the area isn’t exactly miles and miles of vacant acreage now…
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…there’s been a tad bit of development in Florida since that 1960 advertisement.
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The This Happened to Me from July, 1960 was by Alice G. Geagen, from Bangor, Maine. Click ahead to read the story.
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“One July day my husband Bill, guide Junior Wilson, and I were fishing Maine’s Moosehead Lake. The men went off in the canoe.”
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“Left on the cruiser with Junior’s dog, Rinty, I took two salmon. Then the sky began to darken ominously.”
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“Suddenly a fierce thunderstorm struck; rain and hail came down in sheets.”
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“Towering waves smashed against the boat, sending the dog and me sprawling.”
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“Terrified, I realized the boat was adrift. I shouted wildly for help.”
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“As we drifted nearer the jagged rocks, I saw the men paddling furiously toward us.”
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“Miraculously, they were able to board the tossing boat, letting the canoe go.”
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“Junior started the motor, and we headed into the blow–just in the nick of time.”
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Let us know what you think about the July, 1960 issue, and my umbrella. Leave comments below!