New York: 1925-1927. Two (2) items relating to the Girl Reserves, a nation-wide program initiated in 1918 by the Y.W.C.A. to help girls to grow and develop essential social and life skills in the face of the first World War. The program provided a safe space for young girls and women, emphasizing the importance of personal and social responsibility. It was most popular in the 1920s and 1930s, but was active for many decades after. The items include:
"Girl Reserves: Their Aims and Ideals". New York: Girl Reserve Department, 1925. Four-fold pamphlet (3.5" by 6" closed), color-illustrated with image of a Girl Reserves member on front. Gives a general overview of the organization for the interested public, with an emphasis on their mission and aims. Lists their slogan, "To face life squarely", and their purpose, "To find and give the best."
"An Adventure Book for Younger Girls." New York: The Womans Press, 1927. 8vo (7.75" by 5.25"), pp. 70, , with in-text illustrations, stapled in original bright blue printed wrappers. A book for young members of the Girl Reserves, "to help and guide them on their way" (p. ). Includes extensive list of ideas for activities, recipes, poems, lists of books to read (Frances Hodgson Burnett appears to be a favorite), tips for organizing clubs and having "a Good Business Meeting", lists of hobbies, songs, games, and more. Very good to near-fine. Light toning, minor water stains.