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January 30, 2006


Chris N

Robert Blanchard worked for Eureka! but I'm not sure if he was with them in '48. This free-standing concept went on to inspire his DrawTite designs of the '60s. This would be the ancestor for the modern Eureka! Timberline. Now, several companies use tensioned pole segments joined by a hub to create a free-standing structure - see the MSR Hubba series.


Free standing tents were manufactured and solded already in the early 1930s by Sopu company that was owned by Jarl Lonnqvist.

Here's a link to a catalogue of free-standing tents from the 1930's. Catalogue is digited by the Finnish national Library:


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