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Vulcanized Canvas/Rubber Tarp

Vulcanized Canvas/Rubber Tarp


Reinforced canvas tarp, coated on one side with rubber vulcanizing. These were known as "gum blankets" during the American Civil War. By the early 1900's, they were being sold as surplus by the government. They became quite popular for outdoor enthusiasts of all types. They make a great ground vapor barrier for a bedroll, excellent shield against wind and rain, and are useful for covering parts of your automobile in case of rain. They can also be cut and re-sewn to make spare tire covers, side curtains, etc. They are mentioned in "Motor Camping on Western Trails" (1925) by Melville Ferguson as an indespensible motor camping item. Ours measures approximately 71" by 42" with reinforced grommets.

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