Shelter Masthead

Illustrations by Peter Aschwanden

We were extremely fortunate to have our book illustrated by artist extrordinaire Peter Aschwanden, illustrator of How to Keep Your Volkswagon Alive – A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot. First published in 1969, this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the knowledge to handle every situation they will come across with any air-cooled Volkswagen built through 1978, including bugs, Karmann Ghias, vans, and campers.

Sadly, Peter passed away in 2006 – his art and unique humor will be sorely missed. Visit Peter's website at for posters, prints, and t-shirts.

outhouse, © 2000 Shelter Publications, Inc.

No history of waste disposal would be complete without a mention of the American outhouse. Often built on a light frame so it could be moved to a new hole periodically, outhouses worked well (and still do) in rural areas with sparse rainfall. Most people don't know that the crescent moon outhouse door vent was actually used to signify the ladies' convenience. Other symbols, or none, indicated the men's facility. None of this was seen as charming in the teeming cities, where the outdoor privy had become, more or less, a plague.

Septic Tank, © 2000 Shelter Publications, Inc.
The filter is pulled out by hand periodically and hosed off. This relatively new accessory — when utilized regularly — can keep solids out of the drainfield.
© 2007 Shelter Publications, Inc.