Beachward Ho! (Jun, 1950)

Beachward Ho!

By Frank N. Stephany

Spending the summer at a private beach or driving the family to the seashore for a day’s outing is twice the fun if you have the right equipment. Whether you enjoy relaxing in the sun or rigorous water sports, here’s everything you’ll need to have a wonderful time.

OF THE various beach items described on this and the next three pages, the diving raft, knockdown pier and lounging chair are the only ones which require a considerable amount of work. Most of the remaining articles can be built in a few hours and feature simplicity of construction along with maximum portability. For example, the floating playpen detailed above comes apart merely by removing the pins which hold the rails in place. After the rails are pulled from the netting, the inner tubes deflated and the pipe uprights unscrewed from the floor flanges, the hinged platform can be folded and the entire unit then packed neatly in the trunk of a car.

10 comments
  1. Sean says: July 27, 20114:45 am

    That’s no way to talk about a lady!

  2. Stephen says: July 27, 20115:27 am

    I fear if a child leant on the side of the floating playpen it might tip over and then float upside-down.

  3. DrewE says: July 27, 20117:30 am

    The “Next three pages” seem to be missing…it would be particularly interesting to see how the pier is assembled.

    Stephen — the child would have to lean pretty far out over the rail to tip the playpen, I suspect, between the weight of the pen and the buoyancy being fairly close to the edges. One would, of course, not want to leave it unattended in deep water with the kiddos; that goes without saying (well, it might not in today’s lawsuit-happy world).

  4. Hirudinea says: July 27, 20119:07 am

    @ Sean – Well when you get Vargas to illisturate your article what do you expect people to think?

    (Who’s Vargas you say? Chech this out. http://www.wurli.com/ar… )

  5. Toronto says: July 27, 201110:23 am

    Hiru:

    1) You probably should have labeled that “NSFW” (not safe for work), and
    2) Why would Alberto Vargas sign his work “Korta”?

  6. JMyint says: July 27, 201111:33 am

    Hmm, Toronto, could it be because Robert C. Korta illustrated that article, then again he was a illustrator for Popular Mechanics in the 50s and 60s.

    Hirudinea, I like Art Frahm more. Maybe NSFW.

    http://www.lileks.com/i…

  7. Hirudinea says: July 27, 201112:36 pm

    @ JMyint – I should have thought of Frahm, guess you caught me with my pants down. :)

    @ Everyone – Sorry I should have labeled that link NSFW, guess my boss is a perv.

  8. Toronto says: July 27, 20116:49 pm

    JM: I like Frahm too (and I don’t even like celery normally.)

    My other comment was in reference to Hiru’s comment to Sean, where he seemed to be saying this was illustrated by Vargas.

  9. JMyint says: July 28, 20113:00 pm

    Toronto: I was agreeing with you and I couldn’t understand why Hiru thought that was Vargas. I don’t think it is really even close to his style.

    Korta’s most famous painting is his official portrait of President Eisenhower. But he is a favorite of my wife for his text children book illustrations.

  10. JMyint says: July 28, 20115:29 pm

    Childrens text books illustrations.

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