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January 13, 2005

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Eric Nicholson

I did a little poking around....the patent is 1,505,661.

I enjoy the blog...daily.

Bill Heywood

I have a Trapper Nelson that was made by Jones Tent and Awning of Vancouver, B.C. Canada. They no longer make them. My Trapper Nelson is almost as new, complete with canvas detachable pack. Is there a market for such an item as I have a second one without the detachable pack, and at 73 do not anticipate using them as before?

Bill Heywood

I have a Trapper Nelson that was made by Jones Tent and Awning of Vancouver, B.C. Canada. They no longer make them. My Trapper Nelson is almost as new, complete with canvas detachable pack. Is there a market for such an item as I have a second one without the detachable pack, and at 73 do not anticipate using them as before?

Eric

A good way to determine market valve is to check ebay.

In fact there is Trapper Nelson back-pac for bid now....going price $9.99.


Bob  Shaver

An old trapper nelson would be a great decor item for an outdoor store or Boy Scout office, such as for hanging on a wall. I don't think they have reached museum status yet, but are getting close.

Tony Broscomb

Came across this site while researching Jones Tent & Awning. I have four pack boards. The first one I bought was a military one; board only, no bag. It's stored in the crawl space so cannot verify the brand at this moment. I bought my second one in Cranbrook this past summer. Again, it's the board only, Pioneer Brand Trapper Nelson Indian Pack Board by Jones Tent & Awning. The third one I bought on eBay this fall for $24 US (plus $18 US postage!) It is a Trager (Seattle, WA., USA)Trapper Nelson #2 complete with a light brown canvas bag and is in excellent condition. I got the last one, complete with bag, yesterday, as a Christmas gift from my daughter and grandson (but I actually bought it myself from Gorilla Surplus in Vancouver). It's the Pioneer Brand by JT&A, #3, apparently a Canadian military version. The canvas bag is green in colour. All the shoulder straps are canvas except for the military version which are nylon. There are other differences, particularly in how the bottom leather straps are secured. As for hanging them up for show, the bagless ones perhaps, but the other two will definitely see some use come next camping/hiking season. They're just too good-looking not to.

Rick Trager

Nice to see there are still some folks who appreciate the old Trapper Nelson Indian Packboard... Charles Trager was my great-grandfather, and George Trager was my grandfather, both of whom owned Trager Mfg. respectively.

A few points about the bag... it is the 1st example of an external frame pack to be massed produced for the market, and gave birth to the outdoor camping gear industry. Trager, and manufacturer of leather gloves and aprons for Klondike miners, was involved with the bag from the early stages; Trapper had come to Charles to help refine the manufacturing process and for a time it was a joint venture, but sales were slow and Trapper had a family to feed.

As the above story says, a very short time after the rights were transferred, major forest fires broke out in the west and orders came in from the US Forest Service, and later as far away as Abyssinian Water Development Comission. The Boy Scouts of America were also regular customers.

Largely unsung, George Trager bought the business from his father and proceeded to expand the whole industry. Most REI sleeping bags,packs and tents were Trager made until the 70's, as were products from Eddie Bauer, Roffe and the first Jansport pack was designed and stitched by George Trager. Trager was also a primary sponsor and supplier of equipment for Jim Whittaker's successful ascent of Mt. Everest in the early '60's.

I own the last official Trager-made Trapper Nelson that my grandfather and I assembled shortly before his death in 1986. I still use it with pride...

If anyione needs help indentifying the age of their Trager packboards, send me a photo of the label and I can give you a rough idea.

Craig Irving

I was just given a No.2 board Patent No.244902 by my Dr.s office. I find the board great after 3 major back surgerys, I am unable to use my other packs and am looking for the bag design that goes with this unit. Appears almost new can you tell me the year of this model? I want to get back into the overnighters, and this looks to be the answere to my prayers. Regards CI

I looked up that patent number, and it is for a saccarine related product. Are you sure that is a patent number, and is it the right number? The only place I know to look for old packs or pack bags is ebay. Good luck. Bob

Tony Broscomb

Pursuant to my comments above and to cut a long story short, my interest in Jones Tent & Awning who made the Trager-type backpack was revived by a UK couple. I converted my research into a 24-page monograph.

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