The Magic Mirror of Life at the Chesapeake Antiquarian Society Picnic
June 2, 2002

Since it was founded in 1971 we have been members of the Chesapeake Antiquarian Photographic Society, a local group devoted to the study of photographic history and the collection of photographic images and equipment. It has been a tradition for many years to hold a summer picnic at the home of one of the members. We were invited to show our tent camera obscura at the 2002 picnic.

We arrived early at the home of the host outside Baltimore. On the right Jack unpacks the parts of the tent from our car top carrier. Below he starts the assembly of the top of the tent.

As more members arrived we added willing volunteers to the job of assembly. On the right the corner poles are added. Below with the side walls hung the lens assembly is lifted into place.

Below right Jack invites arriving members into the tent for a demonstration.

The location was a very lovely, shaded lot which was an ideal picnic location but because of the numerous mature trees the primary view was of the house. A view of the image on the table is seen on the left.

At the end of the day the President of the society, who had suggested we bring our tent, remarked that he had not realized how much work it would be.

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