Camp scrapbook and photo album from a Connecticut girl's summers, 1926-1930, at Camp Pinnacle: founded in Voorheesville, NY in 1898 as the "Young Women's Bible Training Movement," and advertised as the first girls-only summer camp.
(The camp is still in operation, and its website history records that "God allowed men to come to Camp Pinnacle in 1950," for undisclosed reasons.)
Early pages are filled with song lyrics and camper-composed friendship poems, lists of tent-mates, signatures, and Bible verses. A long list of athletic feats notes "Played Center - made 2 goals 1928" and "Wheelbarrow race. Esther wins!" The album's camp photos are captioned in detail, with detailed notes as well as names: "Picture taken in July of the U.S. Army Zeppelin flying over the Bungalow."
Also included are a series of photos from throughout the '20s, showing Armstrong's family and other vacation outings: a Piedmont skiing trip; a moose in Vancouver; an affecting series of animal portraits including a dog (Trixie), two cats (Fluffy and "Pinky, my favorite"), two calves, a lamb on a leash (Sappho), and three horses pensively captioned "Friends?" They are certainly friends.
Laid in are a number of letters, postcards, drawings, loose photographs, and drafts of poems, both copied and original, with some notes on submission information for various periodicals and a list of apparent poem titles with the note "Sent mss. to [poet and anthologist] Oscar Williams." Of these materials, a few bear dates from the 1950s or later, and include instructions for a homemade hectograph and a somewhat unkind caricature of Edith Sitwell.
A striking collection of memorabilia capturing a young woman's formative years.
[Cheshire, CT]: [1928. Oblong 8vo. Green album, with covers detatched and leaves loose. Photos mounted recto and verso, with approximately 30 handwritten notes, loose photos, and other ephemera laid in.
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