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An Illustrated History of the Picnic Table

Landscape architect Martin Hogue recently published this interesting and detailed history of the picnic table for Places Journal (for more about Places, check out the 09-09-2016 Scout Report). In this essay, Hogue traces the history of the picnic table back to the nineteenth-century picnicking craze, portrayed in idyllic paintings such as Thomas Cole's 1845 A Pic-Nic Party. As Hogue notes, nineteenth-century picnickers usually used blankets in lieu of tables, although some picnickers (such as those portrayed in Jerome P. Thomson's 1855 painting A Picnick in the Woods of New England) would bring dining furniture outside with them to their picnic. In the early twentieth century, a number of designers sought to create a portable picnic table, eventually leading to the picnic table we know today. This essay is accompanied by a number of artworks, photographs, and sketches.
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June 8th, 2018
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June 5th, 2018 at 4:21pm
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