Cooking Over Campfire In Art And Illustration

Boys' Life Magazine September 1933 (cover art)
Boys’ Life Magazine September 1933 (cover art). Pretty sure the Native American guide is not saying ‘Here, have all this land’, despite appearances.
Hunting & Fishing Magazine July 1937
Hunting & Fishing Magazine July 1937
Charles William Hargens, Jr. (1893−1997)
Charles William Hargens, Jr. (1893−1997)

CAMPFIRE

My life has been told to me through campfire tales — stories that spill over when the fire has burned low and silence must be filled. They’re like old coats hauled from the back of the cupboard. Dusted off, aired out, good as new. My mother, Vivienne, doled them out as reward or consolation, depending on her mood. And so I came to know myself — through the telling and retelling.

Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield, Australian author

Tall tales are a storytelling tradition that extends far back into human history. In our imaginations, tall tales happen around the camp fire.

LE DIEU VIVANT (1974) DH Comes campfire
LE DIEU VIVANT (1974) DH Comes campfire
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Magazine cover art 1934
1932 The Open Road For Boys Magazine Story of Northwest Mounted Police cover art by William Eaton
1932 The Open Road For Boys Magazine Story of Northwest Mounted Police cover art by William Eaton
Frank C. Bensing (1893-1993) c1950, 'Three Men Hunting'
Frank C. Bensing (1893-1993) c1950, ‘Three Men Hunting’
The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters by Enid Blyton full cover
The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters by Enid Blyton full cover
This Week (The Minneapolis Journal), January 29 1939 cover art
This Week (The Minneapolis Journal), January 29 1939 cover art by William
Stuart Hogarth
Who Fears The Devil by Manly Wade Wellman
Evgenii Rachev (1906 - 1997) 1960 illustration for Russian Folk Tales campfire
Evgenii Rachev (1906 – 1997) 1960 illustration for Russian Folk Tales.
Summer of Night by Dan Simmons campfire
by Tove Jansson for 'Moominland Midwinter (1957) camp fire
by Tove Jansson for ‘Moominland Midwinter (1957)
camp fire singalong, Illustration in Childcraft vol 9 by Tom Fawell. First printed by Field Enterprises 1964
Camp fire singalong, Illustration in Childcraft vol 9 by Tom Fawell. First printed by Field Enterprises 1964
George Watson Barratt, interior illustration for Harper’s Weekly, June 1911 camping
George Watson Barratt, interior illustration for Harper’s Weekly, June 1911
Khasui Kawase (1883 – 1957)
A postcard from Finland, illustrated by Rolf Lidberg in the 1970s.
Jenny Eugenia Nystrom (1854-1946) ~ Swedish painter and illustrator who created numerous Christmas cards and magazine covers
Jenny Eugenia Nystrom (1854-1946) ~ Swedish painter and illustrator who created numerous Christmas cards and magazine covers
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) 1937 The Trolls illustration for The Hobbit campfire
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 – 1973) 1937 The Trolls illustration for The Hobbit campfire
The Young Balloonist by Esther M Douty 1963. This guy isn’t cooking food but he’s cooking up something.
Smoking Animals, Theodor de Bry, after Johann Theodor de Bry, 1591 fire
Smoking Animals, Theodor de Bry, after Johann Theodor de Bry, 1591 fire
Top-Notch v016 n05 [1914-05-20] campfire
PRIJDTE K NAM, MUZIKANTI (1960) Jiri Trnka camp fire
PRIJDTE K NAM, MUZIKANTI (1960) Jiri Trnka camp fire
A campfire scene by Olivier Tallec
from How To Make Friends With A Ghost by Rebecca Green
from How To Make Friends With A Ghost by Rebecca Green
Paul Zelinsky – Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs. I think there might be more to this one than ‘camp fire’.
Cowgirl Romances #1 1950