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Ernest T. Attwell Recreation for the Colored America. The American City Magazine.New York, NY.9710
Ernest T. Attwell Recreation for the Colored America. The American City Magazine.New York, NY.9710
Price: $65.00

An article by Ernest T. Attwell (1878-1949) that appeared in 'The American City Magazine' in 1926. The article is meant to help promote the building of recreational spaces  for African Americans. For this article the term 'recreational spaces' means  local play grounds and parks that children can access as well as camps which African Americans can attend. The first part of the article discusses the current lack of spaces, and the benefits such spaces would provide. The latter half of the article cites specific examples of recreational spaces that were created in the early 1920s. The majority of these newly created spaces are located in Southern states, however there are a few in the Northern states. For example, the Mosley Recreation Center in Chicago, IL. The picture on the top of the first page of the article is from the Mosley Center and features a group of African American Children taking part in an Egyptian scene during a pageant. There are three more images from photographs in the article, one shows children of color playing tennis, and the last two feature a group shots of children after a pageant and radio contest. This is captioned "The colored children did very well in the annual city-wide contest in radio construction, Douglass Playground, Chicago".  The author of the article, Ernest T. Attwell, was an important pioneer in the development of recreational spaces in America, particularly those aimed for use by minorities. 3 pages, double sided, numbered 161-166. Non-related articles and photographs on pg. 161 & 166. more info
Board of Directors for Valeria Home Valeria Home Photographic Brochure. .Oscawana, NY.[1920s]
Board of Directors for Valeria Home Valeria Home Photographic Brochure. .Oscawana, NY.[1920s]
Price: $65.00

Valeria Home was a resort in Oscawana, New York, that provided "unusual opportunities for rest and outdoor recreation", that combined the "forest, hills and lake with the best results of landscape architecture... [to] create an environment which is especially pleasing to those who love the beautiful in art and nature." Featuring only one page of text, this photographic brochures showcases the facilities and grounds of Valeria home, including but not limited to: the dining room, sunken gardens, solarium, tennis courts, and swimming pool. 13 leaves. Printed Wrappers. Arts and Crafts influenced furnishings. Staple binding. Measures 7 1/4" x 5 1/4". more info
Recreation Department Pictures of a White Mountain Camp, A Summer Resort Brochure. The Outlook Company.New York, NY.[1910]
Recreation Department Pictures of a White Mountain Camp, A Summer Resort Brochure. The Outlook Company.New York, NY.[1910]
Price: $85.00

Fryeburg-on-the-Saco was a summer resort open from July 1st to October 1st in Fryeburg, ME. While technically it was a summer resort, it was a particular resort that is hard to accurately define. This is something the place recognizes itself, and indeed starts of the brochure with: "A Camp? Perhaps that term describes it as well as any one term can. The fact is that its uniqueness prevents the accurate use of a name which could be applied elsewhere. An assembly, a settlement, a summer school, a family of families -each of these names and a dozen others succeeds in standing for only one side of the life which is pleasantly associated in the minds of many with the banks of the Saco and the shady trees of old Fryeburg." The camp was also home to several organizations such as the Fryeburg School of Method, the Fryeburg School of Theology and the Church, the Maine Chautauqua Union, and the Sunday School Institute and Bible School. The camp contain several buildings, Normal Hall for classes, Grove House for its offices, an auditorium where daily lectures or concerts were held, cottages for the guests, and a dining hall. The camp's drinking and bathing water all came from one well on the property that was fed by a mineral spring. Throughout the brochure are fifteen (15) printed photographs of the grounds, building, Saco River and White Mountains. 24 pgs. Green printed wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 7 1/2" x 6". more info
 Attlean Lake Camps Brochure. Holden Brothers.Jackman, ME.[1930]
Attlean Lake Camps Brochure. Holden Brothers.Jackman, ME.[1930]
Price: $90.00

A brochure for Attlean Lake Camps, a nature resort in Jackman, Maine, on the shores of Attlean Pond. It features twenty-two (22) guest log cabins, most with private baths, that can hold between 2 to 6 people each. The camp has a variety of activities available to their guests such as fishing, hiking, swimming, and canoeing. The camp also features a large dinning hall where a guest can enjoy their meals, or opt for 'to go' lunches. While billed as a family resort, it also calls itself a 'sportsman paradise' as they have stocked the 'lake' with trout and salmon. The camp itself was first founded in 1895, and in 1905 it was purchased by the Holden brothers, Henry Lincoln Holden (1873-1952) and Ruel Evinder Holden (1876-1944). The camp is still in existence today, under the name Attean Lake Lodge, and is run by descendants of Ruel Holden. There is a die cut window on the front cover of the brochure that reveals a black and white image of Attlean Pond. The wrappers themselves are a printed faux wood grain. 33 images from photographs, two of which are full page photo collages. The last page has list of 'General Information' on the camp, such as 'hay fever unknown', 'Reduced Rates for Children', 'Jackman contains two churches', and 'there is a flying field in Jackman confirming to government regulations.' 20 pages, printed wood grain wrappers, staple binding. Measures 9" x 6 1/2". more info
 Camp Tonka'wa for Boys, Juniors and Seniors. .Chautauqua, NY.1934
Camp Tonka'wa for Boys, Juniors and Seniors. .Chautauqua, NY.1934
Price: $90.00

Camp Tonka'wa, pronounced Ton-ka-wa, was an all boys camp in upstate New York. There the boys would spend their summer camping in tents on raised wooden platforms participating in a variety of activities, such as tennis, golf, swimming, boating and canoeing, aquaplaning (a form of water-skiing), nature study, drama, horseback riding, arts and crafts, and model airplane construction. The brochure has fifteen (15) printed photographs featuring the grounds and campers at play from earlier years. At the end of the brochure there is a rip out application to Camp Tonka'wa. The camp rates are listed on the back inside cover ($150 for the whole season, $80 for a half season) as well as the additional charges for horseback riding and laundry. The camp also provided tutoring services as needed, weekly reports, and a small camp store for campers to get a few treats from. 16 pages, including illustrated wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 9 3/4" x 7". more info
 Camp Spaulding Brochure. Young Men's Christian Association.Concord, NH.1923
Camp Spaulding Brochure. Young Men's Christian Association.Concord, NH.1923
Price: $95.00

A brochure for Camp Spaulding, a Christian summer camp for young boys and girls in Concord, New Hampshire. The camp focuses on offering "real opportunities to gain a greater appreciation of the wonders of Nature and a reverence and loving thought for the Great Spirit within and around us." Each year the camp hosts two sessions, one for girls in July and one for boys in August with each week of camp costing $9.00. The brochure features nine printed photographs of the facilities and past campers, and one black and white illustration of a camper's blanket which features a design representing the camp's fourfold law. This 'law' is more like a code of honor, and it was for the 'Stone Face Tribe', a social group within the camp for those who participate in woodcrafting. This code is meant to enforce the more desirable characteristics of fortitude, beauty, truth, and love. This design is also stamped the back cover of the brochure. Also within the brochure is a post card application to Camp Spaulding. At the end of the brochure is a list of 'What to Take' for both boys and girls, as well as information on the camp uniform. This list has been marked up by the previous owner. This camp is still in existence today, but is now operated by the YMCA. 12 pages. Black stamped wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 8" x 5 1/2". more info
 Brochure for New England Music Camp. New England Music Camp.Oakland, ME.[1940]
Brochure for New England Music Camp. New England Music Camp.Oakland, ME.[1940]
Price: $110.00

A brochure for New England Music Camp located in Oakland, ME. Started in 1937 as a nonprofit by Dr. Paul E Wiggin and his wife Nina Wiggin, the camp's goal was to cultivate and refine the musical skills of the youth as well as help to support the physical, emotional, and social well-being of young musicians. The brochure starts with a brief summary of the camp and then continues in more detail regarding the exact nature of the musical education, both instrumental and vocal, provided by the camp. For example, each student a has weekly private lessons, and that they are to practice at least one hour a day in one of the camp's twenty-one practice cabins. There are also a variety of group projects provided by the camp, so that students learn to play as a unit. A 'fully balanced symphonic unit' practices for an hour and fifteen minutes each day as well. Additionally, every Sunday the camp's youth provide outdoor concerts for the locals, family members, and past alumni. Throughout the brochure are printed photographs of the facilities, students playing their instruments, as well as other more ubiquitous camp activities such as swimming, archery, dances, canoeing, and playing tennis. At the back of the brochure is a page of 'General Information', which includes such facts as the camp enrollment (120 campers between ages 12-20), the cost, medical services, and a list of items to bring to camp. Additionally there is a page featuring the camps song, 'By the Shores of Messalonskee', including its score, and a page showing an illustration of Maine and the different routes one can take to get to camp. The camp is still in operation today and is run by the original directors grandchildren. 28 pages. Printed photographic wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 12" x9".. more info
 Dude Ranches in the Big Horn Mountains Guide. Poole Brothers Inc.Chicago, IL.[1928]
Dude Ranches in the Big Horn Mountains Guide. Poole Brothers Inc.Chicago, IL.[1928]
Price: $110.00

A guide featuring over thirty (30) different dude ranches along the Burlington Route- a Midwestern train route that was more formally known as the Chicago, Burlington, Quincy Railroad, or the CBQ. This guide focuses on the dude ranches along the Burlington Route in the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming. There are photographs and a brief description of each dude ranch. A variety of activities are offered by the ranches, such as camping, fishing, horse back riding, hunting, and cattle wrangling. Some but not all of the descriptions include the rates of the ranch. Several of the ranches also make reference to their proximity to the Crow Indian and Cheyenne Indian Reservations. At the back of the guide is a pasted in map of the Big Horn Mountains, the ranches, and the CBQ route. The maps folds out to measure 17" x 15 1/2". 56 pages. Printed wrappers. Measures 9" x 6". more info